In many states, courts assist the child support program by establishing realistic and timely child support orders. Setting accurate and fair orders prevents arrears and ensures orders are based on parents’ ability to pay.
States have discretion in establishing and modifying child support orders and may use a judicial or administrative process, or a combination of both.
- Judicial process – the court sets the support order.
- Administrative process – the state child support agency sets the support order.
Top Courts Resources
- Published: July 27, 2016Variety of information for court officials regarding child support orders
- Published: September 26, 2014Explains use of the IWO form for child and spousal support to courts, hearing officers, attorneys, and clerks of court
- Published: June 17, 2013
- Published: May 15, 2012Describes how effective modifications can assure that child support orders remain appropriate and prevent accumulation of debt
- Published: March 29, 2018Explains mandatory use of OMB approved IWO form by all entities to withhold for child support payments
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