Welcome to the YoungWilliams Research & Case Law Library. We are compiling an extensive library of child support-related case law, information, and reference material that will be useful to child support professionals, attorneys, public officials, parents, stakeholders, and the general public.

There are two ways to find items of interest: 1) Use the filters below to categorize information; or 2) Use the search box on the upper right hand side of the page to search for specific words or phrases found in the summaries of research articles, reports, and case law.

Currently our Library consists of academic and government research articles and reports from around the country, federal opinions, and case law from states in which our full service child support projects are located: Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wyoming. We are in the process of expanding our Library and are making frequent updates. We hope you will bookmark this page and check back frequently. 
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Research & Case Law

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.

2016 Preliminary Report

June 2017

The FY 2016 Preliminary Report provides data for the past five fiscal years reported by state, District of Columbia, and U.S. territory  child support programs and includes information on collections, expenditures, paternities, orders established, and other program statistics.

In re CT: Taylor v. Timmons (Mississippi 2017)

June 2017

When a substantial change of circumstances occurs, a court can modify a child support order. If the court deviates from the new presumptive amount, written findings must support the deviation.

State of Tennesse ex rel. Spurlock v. Torres (Tennessee 2017)

May 2017

A child support order is void if the court did not have personal jurisdiction over the respondent parent.

Parrish v. Griggs (Tennessee 2017)

May 2017

In Tennessee, the obligation to support a child begins at birth unless there is a statutory basis for deviation. The deviation factors revolve around the father not knowing about the child or the possibility of his paternity.

Vincent v. Rickman (Mississippi 2017)

May 2017

If a parent willfully fails to follow the terms of a child support order, the court can find the parent in contempt. Contempt is appropriate if the order is final and the terms are clear.

State of Tennessee ex rel. Bass v. Gonzalez-Perez (Tennessee 2017)

May 2017

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ benefits are exempt from income withholding; however, the receipt of these benefits does not excuse a parent from paying child support. A parent who fails to pay can be found in contempt.

Sansom v. Sansom (Tennessee 2017)

May 2017

The value of a house, given as a one-time gift, should not have been included in this parent’s gross income for child support. The trial court found that the house, under the facts of this case, could only fall into one income category - a gift that could be converted to cash.