Activity: Truth or Myth

Below are statements pertaining to child support. Determine whether each statement is true or a myth by clicking "T" for "true" or "M" for "myth." (Please note that when you leave this page, your answers will not be saved.) When you are finished, click "Answers" to see how you did.

Truth or Myth

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1.

If one parent receives public assistance, the court must order the other parent to pay child support.

2.

Both parents are required by law to support their child(ren) until the age of 18.   

3.

A parent not paying his/her court-ordered child support goes immediately to jail.

4.

A parent is responsible for paying child support even if (s)he is still in school.      

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A parent not paying court-ordered child support can have his/her driver's license suspended.   

6.

The non-custodial parent must pay child support even if his/her only income is unemployment or disability.  

7.

Parents owing court-ordered child support are reported to the Credit Bureau.

8.

Parents going into the military do not have to pay child support. 

9.

A lien can be placed on the property of a parent owing child support. 

10.

A non-custodial parent can stop paying child support if the custodial party marries someone else.

11.

Employed non-custodial parents may have child support payments deducted from their wages.

12.

If the grandparents are raising the child, only the father is responsible for paying child support.        

13.

If a non-custodial parent marries, the child support payments can be deducted from the wages of the spouse.   

14.

Grandparents are legally responsible for their teenage child(ren)'s child support obligation. 

15.

All information in a child support case is confidential. 

16.

Non-custodial parents in jail still owe child support.  

17.

A non-custodial parent who owes child support is not entitled to visitation.      

18.

Past-due child support incurs an interest penalty.        

19.

Past-due child support can be collected even after a child turns 18 years old.           

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Non-custodial parents are responsible for all or part of the medical expenses for their child.

21.

The court has the authority to refer parents who are delinquent in child support to counseling, job search assistance, or substance abuse treatment. 

22.

When the income of a non-custodial parent increases, the court can increase the amount of child support. When the income decreases, the court can decrease child support.

23.

The married mother's husband's name is automatically listed as the father on a child's birth certificate unless the mother obtains a court judgment stating her husband is not the father.

24.

Non-custodial parents cannot apply for child support services.   

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