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Research & Case Law

State v. Rogelio L. (Nebraska 2018)

March 2018

In a modification action, the court may deviate from presumptive support for children born subsequent to the order. The father filed to modify his support order based on a reduction in his income. The father testified he didn’t pay taxes, but deducted taxes to reach his proposed net income.

Parents and Children Together: The Complex Needs of Low Income Men and How Responsible Fatherhood Programs Address Them

March 2018

Broad changes in family demographics have left many children without the support or involvement of their fathers. As a result of high rates of nonmarital births and divorce, millions of American children do not live with both of their parents.  OPRE Report 2018-18, prepared for the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, has two goals: to develop a greater understanding of programmatic features that lead to strong engagement and participation by fathers, and to provide context for the evaluation’s forthcoming results on how fathers’ outcomes were affected by the programs.  As a result of their findings, authors made recommendations to better engage fathers, help them overcome barriers, build parenting skills, improve economic stability, and increase assistance for child support modification.



Covil v. Covil (Nebraska 2018)

March 2018

A Nebraska district court can’t modify certain terms of another state’s order. The father and mother were divorced in Florida. The mother moved to Nebraska and received court permission to move with the children. Nebraska registered the Florida order.

Long v. Long (Wyoming 2018)

March 2018

A district court must include the presumptive child support amount in a final decree of divorce. That is the basis for any deviation. Prior to the divorce, the mother filed for a protective order in Circuit Court, and the court set support in this action.

Becher v. Becher (Nebraska 2018)

March 2018

Chapter 25 of the Nebraska statutes allows for the appointment of a general referee to hear court proceedings, which could include a divorce.

In re Marriage of Boettcher (Colorado 2018)

March 2018

The highest amount of child support on the income schedule is not a maximum presumptive amount. If the parents’ combined income is more than accounted for on the schedule, support may be more based on an application of the statutory factors.

Behavioral Intervention Materials Compendium

March 2018

The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project team, led by MDRC and sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, partnered with eight state and local agencies to design and implement 15 behavioral interventions, involving close to 100,000 human services clients. The BIAS project demonstrated how tools from behavioral science could be used to deliver program services more effectively, targeting three human services domains: child support, child care, and work support. The compendium contains all of the printed materials that were designed as part of those interventions. The BIAS team’s objective in sharing these materials is to assist practitioners and program designers in developing future behavioral interventions and, more specifically, in crafting written materials that are informed by behavioral science. In sharing these intervention materials, the team hopes that others can learn how specific behavioral concepts were operationalized in different settings and formats (that is, mail, text messages, and email). The team also aims to spark future innovative interventions and help scale behavioral interventions where evidence has already been built.

Fetherkile v. Fetherkile (Nebraska 2018)

February 2018

A paternity determination made pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-512.04 is res judicata as to that issue. In this case, the mother and father stipulated to a paternity and support order prior to filing for divorce.

Santee v. Santee (Tennessee 2018)

February 2018

If a court imputes income to a parent for child support, it must make supportive, consistent findings. In this divorce action, the mother didn’t work during the marriage and stayed at home with the children.

Gipson v. Jackson (Mississippi 2018)

February 2018

If a court deviates from the presumptive amount of child support, it must make findings as to why the application of the guidelines is unjust or inappropriate. The father appealed the Chancery Court order that increased child support by $200.