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Research & Case Law

Hubbard v. Ratliff (Mississippi 2018)

December 2018

A child who enters the military is considered emancipated and child support stops. In this case, the mother filed a contempt action that alleged the father failed to pay support and to comply with other provisions of the divorce decree.

Peterson v. Peterson (Nebraska 2018)

November 2018

Alimony shouldn’t be counted as income for child support during initial establishment. The district court entered a final divorce decree, which established child support and alimony. The father requested a new trial.

State v. McColery (Nebraska 2018)

November 2018

Appearance bond funds held by a clerk of court are not personal property registered with a county office for purposes of the child support lien statute. An automatic lien does not attach to these funds. A father, who owed child support arrears, was arrested for strangulation.

In re Marriage Heine (Colorado 2018)

November 2018

When parents voluntarily agree to a change in custody, the statute allows support to be modified back to the date of the change. A court has discretion to terminate or modify support for the obligor and establish support for the new obligor.

Martin v. Hart (Wyoming 2018)

October 2018

A child support order must state the amount of presumptive support. If the court deviates from the presumptive amount, it must give specific reasons. The father filed to establish paternity, custody, and visitation of the child.

Bruton v. Bruton (Mississippi 2018)

October 2018

If a child support award is above the guideline amount, the Court must justify the award. In his case, the original divorce decree required the father to pay support plus day care and 60 percent of the children’s private school tuition and fees.

Pettersen v. Pettersen (Mississippi 2018)

October 2018

The court has discretion to set support for the time period before a divorce is filed. If support is set, it can only go back to one year before the filing of the action. The parents in this case filed for divorce.

Osborn v. Anderson (Kansas 2018)

October 2018

An annulment order doesn’t revoke a paternity acknowledgment without language to that effect. In this case, the father signed a paternity affidavit knowing that he wasn’t the child’s biological father. The father and mother married, but ended their marriage with a judicial annulment.

Kendle v. Kendle (Tennessee 2018)

October 2018

When determining if it can honor a garnishment notice, an employer has no obligation to consider any garnishments already in place with another employer. The father in this case had two employers.

Gordon v. Gordon (Tennessee 2018)

October 2018

Deviations from presumptive child support must be supported by specific reasons. In this case, the parents agreed to an upward deviation in child support in the initial support order.

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