Child Support and Family Law


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Termination of Child Support

Most states terminate child support obligations when a child reaches age of majority or graduates from high school. Other states extend child support payments until the child turns 21 or even longer in some cases. See a chart detailing how states deal with the termination of child support.


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Child Support Pass-Through and Disregard For Public Assistance Recipients

See a chart detailing state policies regarding pass-through and disregard of current month's child support collected for families receiving TANF-funded cash assistance.


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Child Support Changes

We talk with officials in two states that are seeing success by working to address the issues and concerns of those who owe child support payments, and, as a result, are improving relationships between parents and their children.



Child Support Database

The Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database contains passed, pending and failed legislation and executive orders from 2012 - 2020. Topics relate to custody and visitation, economic stability, enforcement, family violence collaboration, father engagement, guidelines, health care coverage, prevention, healthy family relationships, implementation, and other related issues.


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Child Support Digest

NCSL's quarterly newsletter featuring information enacted legislation, behavioral interventions for child support services and effectiveness of child support enforcement tools.


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Resources Homepage

NCSL's Child Support Project conducts research on topics affecting child support, from fatherhood engagement to age of majority. Find resources and information regarding child support basics, enforcement, family centered services and more.