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Research & Case Law

State ex rel. Lytle v. Webb (Tennessee 2018)

May 2018

Adequate findings must support the determination of an arrearage amount. The father appealed an order setting arrears.  The arrears were determined in a modification order, but the state filed to alter/amend the arrears amount.

State ex rel. Nichols v. Songstad (Tennessee 2018)

May 2018

Child support cannot be modified without court permission even when the number of children for whom the parent is responsible changes. The parent must file for a modification, provide notice to the other parents, and prove a significant variance.

Hewitt v. Hewitt (North Carolina 2018)

May 2018

Competent evidence must support the finding of income for child support purposes. A parent should receive credit for maintaining health insurance for the children.

Kaiser v. Kaiser (North Carolina 2018)

May 2018

Findings must support a court’s determination of an asset as income for child support purposes. The mother and the father were divorced, and the trial court set child support.

In re Biehl (Kansas 2018)

May 2018

A paternity order may not be final for appellate purposes if it doesn’t address child support and other matters incident to the paternity establishment. The mother in this case appealed the denial of her motion to set aside a journal entry to paternity.

In re Marriage of Hou and Chu (Kansas 2018)

May 2018

A court can deviate from the amount of presumptive support as long as findings support the reason for deviation. The divorce decree in this case ordered the father to pay child support, plus half of the children’s extracurricular activities.

Hance v. Hance (Tennessee 2018)

May 2018

The juvenile court has exclusive original jurisdiction over dependency and neglect proceedings including child support. If there is also an open action in chancery court, the jurisdiction of the chancery court is suspended. The mother and father in this case divorced in chancery court.

DeFacto Parent and Non Parent Child Support Orders

May 2018

Recently, state laws have recognized this parental right of “care, custody, and control” to opposite sex unmarried couples who bore the child of sex. Even more recently, state laws have recognized this parental right for those who did not engage in sexual intercourse leading to a pregnancy and birth. State laws have also increasingly limited this childcare right of traditionally recognized parents by allowing nonparents to secure court-ordered childcare over the objections of current parents, whether by recognizing these nonparents as de facto parents or as third parties with childcare standing. While state childcare law opportunities have evolved significantly as family structures, genetic testing, and assisted reproduction techniques have changed, the laws on parental and nonparental child support have not changed much. This article explores actual and potential child support laws arising from the new childcare laws for both parents and nonparents. 

Madigan v. Madigan (North Carolina 2018)

May 2018

 Income for child support purposes is normally based on a parent’s actual income but it can be imputed to a parent if the evidence shows the parent isn’t earning up to his or her earning potential.

McCullough v. McCullough (Nebraska 2018)

April 2018

A parent must make child support payments even if a modification is pending. The father appealed a district court order finding him in contempt for failure to pay child support.