A "support order" in the form of a Uniform Support Order (USO) is any court order that requires a party to pay:
- Child support
- Spousal support (formerly called "alimony")
- Medical, dental, and other health care expenses for the child(ren)
- Confinement/birthing expenses
- Child care expenses
All support orders state an amount that is due on the first day of each month. Support is past due if not paid by the last day of the month. When an order takes effect on a day other than the first day of a month, the support amount must be prorated for the partial month. Unless an order gives a specific end date, support will end on the last day of the month specified by the order. The last month of support will not be prorated to a certain date.