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Brian Bix

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199989591.001.0001

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Child Support

Child Support

(p.215) Fourteen Child Support
The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Brian H. Bix

Oxford University Press

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

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