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Research & Case Law

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.

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.  

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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