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Child Support in a Nutshell
Child support is a parent’s court-ordered payment to help with the costs of raising a child. Child support normally includes a base amount, plus amounts for health and child care costs. Child support can be ordered in a paternity or custody case (if the parents were never married), in a divorce case, or as a support case.
The "Best Interests of the Child" Factors
The Child Custody Act lists 12 factors for courts to use when deciding what custody arrangements are in the best interests of the child. These factors are called the "best interests of the child" factors. Courts use these factors to decide who children live with, who makes decisions for children, and how much time children spend with each parent.
Custody and Parenting Time
A custody order is granted as part of a divorce case (if you are married) or a custody case (if you are not married or if you don’t want a divorce). Custody and parenting time are important decisions that affect where your children live and how often they see each parent. Read this article to learn more about how custody and parenting time decisions are made.