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Research & Case Law

Goodrich v. Goodrich (Tennessee 2018)

April 2018

For child support purposes, a court can impute income to a parent that is higher than the parent’s actual income. The father appealed the district court order finding him underemployed and imputing income to him.

Calleja v. Calleja (Nebraska 2018)

April 2018

A court may use actual income, not earning capacity, for child support purposes even when a parent makes a job change and the new job results in less income. The father, a tile installer, left a job to start his own business. As a result, his income decreased.

Summerville v. Summerville (North Carolina 2018)

April 2018

A child support order cannot be modified sua sponte. The father appealed a district court order modifying his child support obligation, arguing that neither party had requested a modification of support.

Metzler v. Metzler (Nebraska 2018)

April 2018

Due process requires that a court have personal jurisdiction over a nonresident parent before it can determine child support.

Carlson v. Carlson (Nebraska 2018)

April 2018

In a divorce, parents may enter into a property settlement agreement (PSA) on all terms, including child support. Once approved, the PSA becomes a judgment, and when construction issues arise, the court must use the four corners of document.

Kline v. Holmes (Kansas 2018)

April 2018

The presumption of paternity is not conclusive and can be rebutted with clear and convincing evidence. The rebuttal can also be overcome.

Strickland v. Strickland Day (Mississippi 2018)

April 2018

An anonymous sperm donor is not the legal father of a child and has no parental rights. A same-sex couple married and had a child using artificial insemination. One partner carried the child.

Heisinger v. Riley (Mississippi 2018)

April 2018

A Mississippi court can modify the support provisions of a properly registered child support order. The mother registered an Iowa child support order in Mississippi. She then requested a modification, which the chancellor denied.

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

April 2018

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement 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 particular Story Behind the Numbers explores this trend and examines why zero orders have become more common in the child support program.



Harden v. Scarborough (Mississippi 2018)

March 2018

A child support calculation should reflect the amount of income a parent is actually earning. It shouldn't be based on a speculated decrease in income. A temporary order set child support for the father based on his income as a teacher and a coach.