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Research & Case Law

Illicit Substance Use and Child Support: An Exploratory Study

June 2019

The authors of this study reviewed literature and interviewed professionals about the effect of substance use disorders (SUD) on the payment of child support. 

Marriage of Alvis (Colorado 2019)

June 2019

The child support guidelines account for the first $250 of unreimbursed medical expenses. Neither party can be ordered to pay this amount. The parents’ divorce decree ordered shared custody of three children and set support accordingly.

State v. Jarvel (Nebraska 2019)

June 2019

A nonsupporting party is the necessary party in a proceeding for child and medical support. A parent who appears at a hearing waives a claim to defective service. The state of Nebraska filed a complaint against the father to establish paternity and support.

Martin v. Borries (Mississippi 2019)

June 2019

A voluntary reduction in income is not a substantial change of circumstances for a modification of child support. A change must be unforeseen. At the time of the parents’ divorce, the father worked overseas and earned a substantial amount of money.

State of Kansas v. Manson (Kansas 2019)

June 2019

A voluntary acknowledgement of paternity must be revoked before the child turns one otherwise the parent-child relationship is permanent. The state of Kansas filed to establish support against the father for the benefit of a two-year-old child.

Alexander v. Alexander (Tennessee 2019)

June 2019

A judgment for child support arrears, which is based on a child support amount different from that shown on the child support worksheet of record, is void. In their divorce, the parents agreed to no child support. In return, the mother was to contribute to a college fund for their children.

Thomas v. Thomas (Mississippi 2019)

June 2019

A parent is entitled to credit against monthly child support for Social Security benefits paid to a child because of a parent’s disability. The parent is also entitled to credit against arrears for a lump sum received after the arrears have accrued. The mother and father filed for divorce.

In re M.F. (Kansas 2019)

June 2019

For an oral parenting contract to be enforceable, the parent must show a meeting of the minds on all essential elements. K.L. and T.F., same-sex partners, were in a long-term relationship. T.F. gave birth to M.F. using artificial insemination. The women had no written parenting agreement.

In re Makinna B. (Tennessee 2019)

June 2019

A parent must provide evidence of the cost of work-related childcare in order to get credit for it in a child support calculation. The mother and father had one child, and the mother was the primary residential parent.

Miller v. Miller (Nebraska 2019)

June 2019

A child support modification may be denied if the parent’s reduction in income is due to the parent’s own poor financial decisions. The father filed to modify his child support based on a reduction in income. The district court denied the modification, and the father appealed.