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Research & Case Law

Troester v. Troester (Nebraska 2019)

April 2019

A parent who seeks a modification of child support must show a substantial change of circumstances that happened after the entry of the order. In this case, the parents filed for divorce and stipulated to child support in a settlement agreement.

State v. Savage (Kansas 2019)

April 2019

Once a probation violation is proved, a court has discretion to impose the underlying sentence or modify the terms and conditions.

In the Matter of W.L. and G.L. (Kansas 2019)

April 2019

To prove parentage, an unmarried person must first show a presumption of parentage by a preponderance of the evidence. The burden then shifts to the responding parent to rebut the presumption by clear and convincing evidence.

Young v. Air Masters Mechanical Inc. (Mississippi 2019)

April 2019

A child support lien is valid even if the children have been subsequently adopted. The father and mother were married and had two children. They divorced, and the father was ordered to pay support. The mother remarried, and her new husband adopted the children.

Gunter v. Gunter (Mississippi 2019)

April 2019

Courts may depart from the child support guideline amount but must make specific findings to support the departure.

Stockdale v. Rehal (Nebraska 2019)

April 2019

A district court has discretion to retroactively adjust a temporary child support obligation. The never-married parents in this case separated, and a temporary child support obligation was established.

Start Smart: Using Behavioral Strategies to Increase Initial Child Support Payments in Texas

April 2019

As a recipient of the Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services (BICS) grant, the Texas Office of the Attorney General implemented a project designed to increase the number of child support payments made during the first three months after order entry. For most cases, it takes about this amount of time for income withholding to take effect. The research team identified behavioral bottlenecks in the current process. Behavioral bottlenecks are the points where parents and employees may face psychological and behavioral propensities that get in the way of the parent making a payment. Then, the team put in place an intervention based on behavioral science to address the bottlenecks. The report addresses the specific intervention and the outcomes.

Building Connections: Using Integrated Administrative Data to Identify Issues and Solutions Spanning the Child Welfare and Child Support Systems

March 2019

This article explores the process one state used to change policy using data. The state of Wisconsin used data to inform its policy change regarding referrals to child support in foster care cases.

State v. Graham (Kansas 2019)

March 2019

A parent who pleads guilty to criminal nonsupport cannot appeal the conviction without first filing a motion to withdraw the plea. In 2008, the father was charged with two counts of criminal nonsupport of a child. The father entered into a deferred prosecution agreement.

Vandenbook v. Vandenbrook (Mississippi 2019)

March 2019

If a parent’s adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000, the court must make findings to support applying the guidelines. The father appealed the award of child support in the final divorce decree.