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Research & Case Law

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 The father requested a modification of his support and used outdated income information to calculate the new obligation.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.

Copeland v. Copeland (Mississippi 2017)

August 2017

A court can terminate child support when the children’s clear and extreme behavior makes the parent-child relationship impossible. The father, the non-custodial parent in this case, petitioned the chancery court to award him custody of his children and/or for other general relief.

In the Matter of the Paternity of S.M.J. (Kansas 2017)

August 2017

In an indirect contempt proceeding, the individual must be physically present. If necessary, the Court can issue a bench warrant to compel attendance. The father in this case appealed a contempt finding that resulted from a hearing he did not attend, even though he had been properly served.

Williams v. Williams (Tennessee 2017)

August 2017

Tennessee statutes require that an initial support order contain a judgment for retroactive support or findings to support deviating from the requirement. In this divorce action, the court awarded primary custody of the children to father.

State on behalf of Lockwood v. Laue (Nebraska 2017)

August 2017

In a contempt proceeding for failure to pay child support, a parent can rebut a presumptive finding with evidence showing the failure to pay was not willful. In a district court exception hearing, the court has the discretion to hear additional evidence.

Dennis v. Dennis (Mississippi 2017)

August 2017

A person who voluntarily agrees to pay support may be held to that obligation under a quasicontractual theory. In this case, the great-grandparents were the custodians of a child.

Thompson v. Gerlach (North Carolina 2017)

August 2017

In order to find a parent in contempt for failure to pay support, the court must find evidence of their ability to pay and willful failure to do so. Also, the order must contain specific purge conditions and date.

Low-income and Never-Married Families: Service and Support at the Intersection of Family Court and Child Support Agency Systems

July 2017

This report describes the challenges child support enforcement agencies face with respect to the adversarial nature of their processes, and the poverty, unemployment, and other barriers to the economic security of poor and never-married parents who comprise the child support caseload.