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Medical insurance is considered part
of child support. If the parent who is ordered to make the child support payment
is the same parent who pays the children's medical insurance premium, the Child
Support Order is usually lowered to account for the cost of the medical insurance.
Similarly, if the parent who receives the child support payment is the same parent
who pays the children's medical insurance premium, the Child Support Order is usually
A temporary child support order
can be entered before
the divorce is final, to help with financial needs of the child during the time
it takes to get the divorce.
In most cases, child support payments are ordered to be made through an Income Withholding
Order from the paying parent's paycheck. This means that the court's order directs
the employer of the paying parent to deduct the amount of child support directly
from the paycheck, and then the employer sends this money to the Clerk of the Superior
Court. The Clerk records the payment and sends the money to the parent who is entitled
to receive the child support payment. Self-employed or unemployed parents must make
child support payments directly to the Clerk of the Court too.
Child support payments that are ordered when the family receives Aid to Families
with Dependent Children or Welfare are processed through the Clerk of Superior Court.
AFDC does not relieve or lessen the responsibility of a parent to pay court-ordered
child support in full, and on time.