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Research & Case Law

Black v. Black (Mississippi 2017)

November 2017

When a parent’s adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000 per year, the Court must make a finding as to whether the application of the guidelines is reasonable. The guideline child support award would be 20 percent of the parent’s adjusted gross income.

Roberts v. Roberts (Nebraska 2017)

October 2017

The definition of income for child support is flexible, and the court has wide discretion on what to include and exclude as income. This case addresses a wide variety of issues with calculating income for child support.

Marshall v. Marshall (Nebraska 2017)

October 2017

The definition of income for child support purposes is flexible and fact-specific, according to the Nebraska Supreme Court. This lines up with the equitable nature of child support proceedings. The trial court in this case split the difference between the parents’ proposed income for father.

Drabbels v. Drabbels (Nebraska 2017)

October 2017

The court should not include employer-paid health insurance as income to a parent for child support. In this case, the father’s employer pays the health insurance premium for the father and the child.

Catawba County ex rel. Rackley v. Loggins (North Carolina 2017)

September 2017

Catawba County ex rel. Rackley v. Loggins, No. 152PA16 (N.C. 2017). A court maintains subject matter jurisdiction to modify a child support order even without a formal motion for modification. The parents filed a modified voluntary support agreement and order in 2001.

The U.S. Wage Garnishment Landscape: Through the Lens of the Employer

September 2017

This is a follow-up to its initial 2014 wage garnishment analysis in a report entitled, Garnishment: The Untold Story.  For its most recent analysis, the ADP Research Institute used aggregated, anonymous 2016 payroll data of 12 million employees.  The study found that child support continues to be the top reason for wage garnishment (also known as income withholding.) The analysis shows garnishment rates by industry, by type, age group, gender, wage range, company size, and industry.

Sarno v. Sarno (North Carolina 2017)

September 2017

North Carolina courts must follow the statutory process for deviating from presumptive child support. The mother appealed the court’s deviation from presumptive support arguing that the court failed to make the required findings.

Scobey v. Scobey (Tennessee 2017)

September 2017

A parent must present evidence of their most recent actual income when determining income for a child support modification. The father requested a modification of his support and used outdated income information to calculate the new obligation.

In re Grace N. (Tennessee 2017)

September 2017

This is the second appeal of this case. The parties appealed the child support calculation in the first order and are now appealing the calculation in the amended order.

Child Support Cases without Support Orders: Three-Year Outcomes

September 2017

The authors reviewed a sample of cases in the Maryland child support caseload for which child support orders had not been established and examined the outcome of these cases over a three-year time period.  They found that 60.9% of these cases closed within three years; 21.6% had established support orders with a median amount of $300; and another 17.5% remained open without a support order. Cases were most often closed because of lack of customer contact or cooperation.