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Research & Case Law

Crews v. Paysour (North Carolina 2018)

October 2018

On remand, a trial court may consider new evidence in a child support hearing. If it doesn’t, the findings of fact and conclusions of law in the order must be based on the existing record. The appellate court remanded the initial order in this case for further findings.

Hill v. Hill (North Carolina 2018)

October 2018

A trial court must be clear about its process in imputing income. The father appealed the court order that denied his request for a modification of child support and found him in contempt. The father was terminated from his high-income job and requested a modification in support.

Participation in Responsible Fatherhood Programs in the PACT Evaluation: Associations with Father and Program Characteristics

October 2018

This brief presents new findings on the factors that are associated with fathers’ participation in responsible fatherhood (RF) programs. It is based on data collected for the implementation study of RF programs, which documents how the programs were designed and operated and identifies challenges and promising practices. It uses data from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation to describe the characteristics of fathers enrolled in PACT and the associations between the fathers’ characteristics and their program participation. Fathers with a child support order were more likely to attend a core workshop. They also participated in a greater percentage of workshop hours than fathers without a child support order. Each RF program established relationships with their local child support office to assist fathers with navigating the child support system—which may have boosted participation among fathers in need of these services. 

Hotz v. Hotz (Nebraska 2018)

September 2018

The Nebraska child support guidelines exclude alimony from the definition of income for child support purposes. The father appealed a district court order that modified the mother’s support obligation to him and granted her other requested relief.

Clark v. Clark (Nebraska 2018)

September 2018

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) gives a court with proper subject matter and personal jurisdiction the ability to determine a controlling child support order. The father in this case was subject to two child support orders, one from Wisconsin and one from Nebraska.

In re Marriage of Dean (Kansas 2018)

August 2018

Courts must follow the definition of income found in the guidelines. The mother appealed the district court’s calculation of the father’s gross income. The district court subtracted the amounts the father was paying towards mortgages from his gross monthly income.

Reid v. Reid (Tennessee 2018)

August 2018

In order to find a parent underemployed for child support purposes, the court must apply a list of factors. A parent who inflates expenses while downplaying income isn’t necessarily underemployed as defined by statute.

Actual Earnings and Payment Outcomes Among Obligors with Imputed Income

August 2018

Income imputation results in a financial support order, which is necessary to ensure that children receive support from both parents. But what are the payment outcomes in these situations? This report uses the sample of orders from Maryland’s 2011 to 2014 case-level guidelines review to assess outcomes of imputation on payment compliance. It compares obligors who had their incomes imputed at the full-time minimum wage rate to those who did not. 

Hague Child Support Convention: Judicial Guide

July 2018

Written specifically for judges, judicial officers, and other court officials, this Guide focuses on the 2008 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)  provisions judges need to apply in Hague Child Support Convention cases. It contains information and procedures about matters common to all applications under the Hague Child Support Convention; recognition and enforcement of an order; establishment of Convention orders, including, where necessary, establishment of parentage; modification of orders ;specific measures; and resources.

Contreras v. Contreras (Tennessee 2018)

July 2018

A parent who fails to provide insurance as ordered may be liable to reimburse the other parent for the costs of premiums. The father appealed a district court order that ruled against the him on a variety of issues.