Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”)
on the Basics of Child Support
Q: What is Child Support?
A: Child support is a payment by one parent to the other parent for the support of their common child. It is in the best interest of a child that both parents realize obligations to pay for the support of their child.
Q: What is a Child Support Order?
A: A child support order is a document from a court that states when, how often, and how much a parent is to pay for child support. A child support order is part of a divorce decree or paternity judgment.
Q: Who Can Be Ordered to Pay It?
A: A court can order either parent of a child to pay support to the other parent. The court order for support is usually payable on a monthly basis. Many states want child support paid by wage assignment, thus reducing the need for later enforcement actions.
Q: Obligor and Oblige -- Which One is Which?
A: The obligor is the required parent that pays the child support to the other parent. The obliged is the parent who receives the payment from the other parent.