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Research & Case Law

Wilkinson v. Wilkinson (Mississippi 2019)

February 2019

A prima facie case for contempt in a child support case is made once a parent entitled to support shows the other parent has not paid. Then, the burden of proof shifts to the paying parent to defend the nonpayment.

Breining-Pruitt v. Westfahl (Nebraska 2019)

February 2019

When calculating income for child support, a parent’s earning capacity can be used instead of their actual income. Earning capacity is determined from work history, education, occupational skills, and job opportunities.

Pruitt v. Pruitt (Tennessee 2019)

February 2019

In order for a judgment to be set aside under Rule 60.02, there must be a material mistake of fact.

Hall v. Hall (Nebraska 2019)

February 2019

A parent must provide specific evidence of income for child support but it can come from several sources. The mother filed a motion to modify custody and support. The district court denied the modification of custody and increased mother’s child support.

Jones v. Jones (Mississippi 2019)

January 2019

A parent cannot be found in contempt for failure to pay support and found to have overpaid child support at the same time. The parties divorced in 2006, and while a wage withholding was entered, it was never issued.

State of Tennessee ex rel. Moore v. Oden (Tennessee 2019)

January 2019

If a judgment is missing from a record, it can be added later nunc pro tunc as long as the evidence supports that it was properly announced and not entered due to a clerical error. The parents in this case were never married and had one child.

Beck v. Beck (Nebraska 2019)

January 2019

To modify a child support order, a parent must show a substantial change of circumstances which occurred after entry of the most recent order and wasn’t contemplated when the order was entered. A change is a parent’s financial situation can qualify.

McCall v. McCall (Mississippi 2019)

January 2019

When divorcing parents agree a property settlement, including child support, the court will treat the settlement like any other contract.

Bryson L. v. Izabella L. (Nebraska 2019)

January 2019

The appellate court only has jurisdiction over timely-filed appeals. The mother and father divorced in November 2016, and the father was awarded custody of the child.

State of Tennessee ex rel. Groesse v. Sumner (Tennessee 2019)

January 2019

For a contempt finding in a child support case, the parent must willfully not pay the support despite having the ability to pay. The father appealed a finding of contempt against him.

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