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Research & Case Law

Shawn E. on behalf of Grace E. v. Diane S. (Nebraska 2018)

June 2018

A garnishment order is not final unless it requires delivery of the debtor’s property to the creditor. The state of Nebraska initiated a garnishment action against the father’s prison account for arrears and past due medical support.

State ex rel. Townsend v. Williamson (Tennessee 2018)

June 2018

A parent may receive credit against any owed arrears for necessary expenditures, but the suit must be brought within six years of the expense and meet the definition. A parent has an obligation to support a child even in the absence of a valid court order.

Campbell v. Campbell (Mississippi 2018)

June 2018

Modification of a child support order is only appropriate when there is a substantial change of circumstances that was not reasonably anticipated at the time of an agreement. The father appealed an upward modification of his child support.

State on behalf of Marcelo K. & Rycki K. v. Ricky K. (Nebraska 2018)

June 2018

Only final orders are appealable. By final, the order must dispose of all of the issues. Ricky K. was the acknowledged father of two children. The State filed an action to establish support.

2017 Preliminary Report

June 2018

The FY 2017 Preliminary Report provides data for the past five fiscal years reported by state, District of Columbia, and U.S. territory  child support programs and includes information on collections, expenditures, paternities, orders established, and other program statistics. The data is used to develop the Annual Report to Congress.  

Silver v. Silver (Nebraska 2018)

June 2018

If payment of a child support obligation leaves a parent with a net income below the poverty line, Nebraska courts can consider specific costs related to supporting the child to get the parent back above the line. Supervised visitation is not one of those costs.

Robeson County Enforcement Unit v. Harrison (North Carolina 2018)

June 2018

A substantial change of circumstances must occur for a child support order to be modified. The father appealed an order modifying his support arguing that there was no substantial change of circumstances. His income had increased, but it increased some time ago.

Kaplan v. Kaplan (North Carolina 2018)

June 2018

The burden of proof in a child support contempt hearing shifts to the non-paying parent once a court enters an order to appear and show cause. The father appealed a contempt order. He argued he didn’t have the ability to pay the support or the purge condition.

The Story Behind the Numbers: Exploring Trends in the Percent of Orders for Zero Dollars

June 2018

OCSE collects data from state child support agencies on the number of support orders that do not have a dollar support amount, referred to as zero orders. These may reflect different types of orders – medical support only, shared custody, arrears only, or current support with no amount due. Zero orders have been increasing over time within the child support program. Today, they represent 10% of support orders nationally. This Story Behind the Numbers explores this trend and examines why zero orders have become more common in the child support program.

States Leading the Way: Practical Solutions That Lift Up Children and Families

June 2018

This is a link to Ascend at The Aspen Institute website where this report can be downloaded.  The report “profiles effective solutions from Ascend partners throughout the United States and the work driven by leaders in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Utah. It contains recommendations on processes that lead to better outcomes for families, lessons learned on engaging and bringing families to the table as empowered experts, and information on how to move to the next level whether you are starting your 2Gen journey or working to go deeper.”