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Use these child support collection laws and state rules to get help collecting child support

Learn how to establish and enforce paternity, collect child support from military members, and use our FREE calculator to determine the amount of back support.

Child support collection laws vary from State to State. The purpose of this site is to help you learn about your state’s child support collection laws and assist you in learning how to proceed with collecting past due or back child support payments (possibly with interest). Use our free on-line arrearage calculator to figure out the approximate amount of back support you can collect. It’s highly recommended that you consult with an attorney well versed in child support laws

Child support collection laws
Child support collection and payment laws listed by State. See how support amounts are determined and when payments can legally be terminated. Also covered is child custody and visitation guidelines, medical insurance requirements, wage garnishment, and paternity issues.

Child Support Calculator
Some states allow interest to accrue on unpaid child support. Enter the amount and frequency of payments and your current State to calculate the amount of back support plus interest that you can collect.
Child Support FAQ
Answers to FAQs questions about children over 18, visitation rights, changing court orders, suing for back support, release from prison, and more!
Paternity FAQ
Learn how paternity is established and the legal responsibilities and rights of the father such as paying child support, visitation and custody.
State Enforcement Agencies
Complete listing of each state’s child support enforcement agency with a link to their web site. Apply for help today!
Child Support Enforcement
Steps include establishing paternity, an obligation to pay and finally, the enforcement of the child support order. Also includes phone numbers for each state’s support collection unit.
Statute of Limitations on Support Payments
Learn when support payments can be legally stopped and when the statute of limitations for paternity and collecting back support expires. Also covered are the rules for emancipation and civil code references.
Military Child Support Laws
Learn how to collect child support and alimony from military members and how to force them to provide health insurance benefits and access to military base facilities and services.
Terms and Definitions
Glossary of over 90 terms and definitions used in divorce, child support, and child custody court documents.

Child Support FAQ: I’m often asked if a parent can be sued for back child support even after the child has left the home. A typical question goes like this…

“I’m 25 years old and my father owes my mother over $25,000 in back child support. Can I or my mother still collect on this money even though I no longer live at home?”

The answer depends on your State’s law and its Statutes of Limitation for collecting child support. Many states consider a child support order the same as a judgment thus back support can be collected until the Statute of Limitations on a judgment expires. In a few states, the statute of limitations expires when the child reaches the “age of majority” typically 18 (19 if still in high school or 23 if in college).

I’m also asked if it’s possible to collect child support from someone who has moved (fled) to another country. It depends on whether or not the United States and your State have an agreement with the country in question. Learn more here: Child Support FAQ

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