Child Support and Who May File.

When parents live separately and one parent has custody of the child, that parent, called the “custodial parent”, may file a petition in Family Court asking the court to enter an order for the “non-custodial parent” to pay child support.

A child who is not emancipated and is living away from both parents may file a petition against his or her parents asking for an order of support to be paid to the child.

When a child is receiving public assistance benefits, or is living in a foster home and receiving foster care benefits, the Department of Social Services may file a petition against the non-custodial parent or parents asking that the court enter an order for child support to be paid to the government agency while it continues to pay benefits for the child.

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