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Family Law

Determining Child Support

Determining Child Support

Explore the historic and modern-day issues related to child-support determinations, how courts calculate income for purposes of child support, child support models employed in various jurisdictions, awards of additional support, and the duration of support obligations.


Child support is a court-ordered payment that one parent (typically the custodial parent) must pay monthly to the other parent in order to help provide for the needs of the parents’ common child. Child support determinations are often made during the course of a divorce proceeding, although a noncustodial parent may be ordered to pay child support even if the noncustodial parent and the other parent were never even married. This clip will begin by examining the role of child support at common...