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 some of our full service child support projects are located: Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, 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

Maher v. Woodruff (Tennessee 2017)

April 2017

To calculate back child support, apply the guidelines that are in effect at the time of the order. The mother in this case appealed an award of retroactive child support and argued the trial court applied the wrong guidelines. Custody of the children changed from mother to father in 1999.

State ex rel. Secretary for Dep't for Children and Families v. Smith (Kansas 2017)

April 2017

A Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) binds the signers unless it is revoked in the statutory time period. It does not create a presumption of paternity, as the father in this case argued.

Carter v. Davis (Mississippi 2017)

April 2017

The court has discretion to count payments made directly to a child as child support. The pivotal question is would not giving credit unjustly enrich the custodial parent.

Holman v. Holman (Mississippi 2017)

April 2017

A parent must create a record to support the amount of arrears requested. The mother in this case failed to support her claim, and it was denied. The mother included medical bills in her arrears request, which was not appropriate.

In re: Jalen O-H (Tennessee 2017)

March 2017

A court can order retroactive support in different amounts for different periods of time as long as evidence supports the determination. The parents in this case had multiple custody arrangements since the child’s birth.

House v. House (Nebraska 2017)

March 2017

A finding of contempt for failure to pay child support is a rebuttable presumption. The burden of proof shifts to the parent to provide evidence that the failure to pay was not willful. In this case, the father argued he was indigent and could not pay support.

State ex. re. Williams v. Woods (Tennessee 2017)

March 2017

Child support is due to a child’s primary caregiver even if that person is not a parent. However, the caregiver must request support and be a party to the action.

Rambo v. Rambo (Wyoming 2017)

March 2017

Unpaid child support becomes a judgment by operation of law on the due date. Unless a specific exemption applies, interest begins to accrue at the statutory rate. In this case, the mother filed an order to show cause alleging father had failed to pay child support.

Bajestani v. Bajestani (Tennessee 2017)

March 2017

A parent, with a college degree and other qualifications, is considered voluntarily unemployed if the parent is not actively seeking work and income can be imputed to calculate the child support obligation.

A Blueprint for Economic Security

March 2017

This paper explores the intersections of the work-related experiences of men and fathers, child support enforcement policies and practices and support services for fathers with low-incomes. Consideration is given to the historical factors that are complicating efforts to end poverty. The Blueprint also proposes changes to child support enforcement efforts and support services for low-income fathers, and offers policy recommendations for consideration by state and federal policy makers.