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Medical Insurance 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 raised.

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.

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