A: If you already have a child support case through the courts that case needs to be listed/identified in the divorce filings so the Court is aware of it. It generally makes the most sense for clarity and future modification needs to have both custody/parenting time and child support ordered under the same case number, even if neither of you wishes to change the amount already ordered. You will want to at least visit with an attorney about how to consolidate the cases and whether you wish to do so. Best wishes!
A: If there is a separate child support order and the parties later divorce, it is common (but not always) for the child support to be addressed in the divorce decree and the child support case then terminated. If there is some type of public assistance involved, then the parties in the divorce case may need to coordinate with the attorney for state in the child support case so as to not create two running orders.
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