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Research & Case Law

Plummer v. Plummer (Mississippi 2017)

July 2017

When a parent’s income varies from year to year, the court must use its discretion in calculating the monthly income for child support. In this child support modification action, the Chancellor averaged the father’s high and low adjusted gross income to reach his income for child support.

Araujo v. Araujo (Nebraska 2017)

July 2017

Distributions from a trust fund are income to a parent for purposes of child support. When determining income for child support, the court can consider a parent’s earning capacity as opposed to their actual earnings.

Kann v. Kann (Colorado 2017)

July 2017

Child support and spousal support arrears accrue in two ways, the unpaid principal amount and interest.

Erin W. v. Charissa W. (Nebraska 2017)

July 2017

A court did not abuse its discretion in denying a motion for genetic testing in a divorce proceeding where the child was born during the marriage and the father had held out and supported the child as his own.

Nonmarital Births: An Overview

July 2017

This report by the Congressional Research Service analyzes the trends in nonmarital childbearing, discusses some of the characteristics of unwed mothers, addresses some issues involving the fathers of children born outside of marriage, and offers some concluding remarks.  It also contains a brief discussion of paternity establishment  within the IV-D program, and its positive impact on children and families.

Kolar v. Tester (Nebraska 2017)

June 2017

The court appropriately used its discretion to calculate income for a father who regularly works more than a 40-hour work week. The father testified that he works between 45 – 50 hours per week, even though he is only guaranteed 40. He is paid at a higher rate for the additional hours.

Mississippi Dep’t of Human Services v. Porter (Mississippi 2017)

June 2017

UIFSA does not require an initiating tribunal or registered child support order for a responding tribunal to have subject matter jurisdiction to establish a support order.

Ali v. Ali (Mississippi 2017)

June 2017

When setting child support for a high-income parent, a strict application of the guidelines may not be reasonable. The court must make findings to support its decision.

Collins v. Mississippi Dep’t of Human Services (Mississippi 2017)

June 2017

A parent’s obligation to support a child financially does not end even when their relationship has deteriorated due to extreme behavior from the child, especially when the parent also had a role in the decline of the relationship.

Sardon v. Sardon (Tennessee 2017)

June 2017

The Tennessee statutes allow courts to deviate from the presumptive child support amount for the cost of children’s extracurricular activities.