Child Support

Brian H. Bix

in The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199989591
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190260200 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Child Support

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This chapter examines the legal issues related to child support. It begins with an overview of the history and general principles of child support before turning to a discussion of how the obligor's income alone, or the combined incomes of the obligor and recipient, is measured. It then considers the courts' computation of the obligor's income based on the method of imputation; that is, support obligation is based on what the court concludes the parent could have been earning rather than what he or she actually earns. Finally, the chapter explains the enforcement of child support decisions and the circumstances for modifying such decisions.

Keywords: child support; income measurement; imputation; enforcement

Chapter.  3131 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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