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Research & Case Law

Schwager v. Messer (Tennessee 2019)

September 2019

The start date for a modified child support amount is the date that the action as filed. The parents divorced, and in the decree agreed to a downward deviation of support for two years. At that time, they would exchange financial information and recalculate support.

In re Thrailkill (Kansas 2019)

September 2019

Military retirement benefits are income for child support. The mother filed for divorce. Both parents were retired military. The father was career military and was currently receiving retirement and disability benefits.

State of Tennessee ex rel. Haynes v. Daugherty

September 2019

In a contempt proceeding, a court may not impose a cash-only bond. This violates the parent’s constitutional right to pretrial release, equal protection, and due process.

Spencer Diaz v. Department of Human Services, State of Mississippi and Lora M. Ledet

September 2019

A technical error will not render a paternity acknowledgement void. When the mother and father met, the mother was already pregnant. The father signed a paternity acknowledgement several months after the child’s birth.

Relief from Government-Owed Child Support Debt and Its Effects on Parents and Children

August 2019

This study recaps the results of California’s pilot project granting noncustodial parents relief from their state-owed arrears. In California, a large portion  of child support payments are owed to the government. If a parent doesn’t make the full monthly payment, interest accrues on the unpaid amount. The state implemented a pilot project in San Francisco that paid off all state-owed debt for a select group of noncustodial parents. This meant 100% of the child support collected went to the family. The benefits of the project included more consistent support payments, improved credit scores, and reduction in barriers to employment. The study suggests several changes to the child support program: no interest on past-due support, forgiveness of state-owed debt, process to make parents feel heard and respected in court, and a recognition that parents want to support their children.

Improving Child Support Enforcement Outcomes with Online Dispute Resolution

August 2019

Part of the 2019 Trends in State Courts publication from the National Center for State Courts, this report summarizes Ottawa County, Michigan’s efforts to use Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) tools to improve child support outcomes for families. In 2016, Ottawa County implemented ODR tools with the goal of reducing the number of contempt hearings and improving order compliance.

Watkins v. Benjamin (North Carolina 2019)

August 2019

For purposes of UIFSA jurisdiction, a new child support order isn’t established because the obligor of the order changes. The parents divorced in North Carolina, and the order granted custody to the father and ordered the mother to pay support.

In re LaForest (Kansas 2019)

August 2019

An award of attorney fees cannot be offset against child support. A mother and father filed for divorce. The divorce dragged on, and eventually, the mother obtained a default divorce. The father filed to set aside the default order and asked for the attorney fees incurred to prepare the motion.

Herrin v. Perkins (Mississippi 2019)

August 2019

A parent should object to the sufficiency of a contempt pleading at trial. The father and mother agreed to visitation and amounts for current and back child support for their child and a judgment for the mother’s attorney fees. A year later, the mother filed a contempt petition.

Personalized Outreach Testing Early Parent Engagement in Washington’s Child Support Program

July 2019

The state of Washington applied Behavioral Intervention techniques to see if it could raise parental engagement in the order establishment process. Data showed that a high number of new orders were set by default, without parent involvement, and that the payments received in the first six months of these orders were minimal. Washington designed an intervention to increase engagement, build a better relationship between the parent and the agency, and thereby increase payments.

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