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Research & Case Law

Carman v. Harris (Kansas 2019)

May 2019

A parent’s income for child support can be adjusted for specific factors. On appeal, the application of an adjustment is reviewed for an abuse of the court’s discretion. The mother filed to modify child support, among other terms of an initial custody and support order.

State v. Julio G. (Nebraska 2019)

May 2019

In Nebraska, an indigent parent is entitled to court-appointed counsel in paternity cases. The state of Nebraska filed a support action against the father and attached an acknowledgment of paternity. The father challenged the acknowledgment.

Tooker v. Tooker (Colorado 2019)

May 2019

Non-discretionary educational benefits, such as tuition assistance and a book stipend, are not income for child support. The value of potential income is not necessarily income for child support. The mother filed to modify the father’s child support obligation.

Lemus v. Martinez (Wyoming 2019)

May 2019

Sufficient information must support a determination of income. The parents were never married. They had two children. The parents separated, and the father filed for custody and support.

In re Aragon (Colorado 2019)

May 2019

A worker’s compensation lump sum is income for child support. To factor the lump sum into the parent’s income, divide the lump sum payment by the number of weeks the parent didn’t work. The parents, who have five children, filed for divorce.

Dowding v. Dowding (Nebraska 2019)

May 2019

A signed and notarized paternity acknowledgement is a legal finding, which can only be challenged on the basis of fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact. A challenge to an acknowledgment must be properly before the court.

In re Interest of Cayden R. (Nebraska 2019)

May 2019

Having children in foster care is not a rebuttable presumption under the child support guidelines. A statute allows for minimum support in low income cases. A juvenile court support order required the mother to pay $50 per month child support while her five children were in foster care.

Orange County, ex rel., Lacy v. Canup (North Carolina 2019)

May 2019

The definition of income may include the value of rent when a parent is living rent-free. The parents were not married and had one child. The father acknowledged paternity when the child was born.

Thomas v. Burgett (North Carolina 2019)

May 2019

Rent payments are income for child support, but the parent may deduct insurance and property tax attributable to the rental property. The court must complete a four-step analysis before deviating from the guidelines. The parents filed for divorce. They had one child.

Ewing v. Evans (Nebraska 2019)

May 2019

To modify a child support order, a change in circumstances must occur after the entry of the original order. A parent who shows a change of 10 percent or more in the support, which amounts to at least $25, creates a rebuttable presumption that the order should be modified.

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