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Research & Case Law

Columbus County DSS ex rel. Moore v. Norton (North Carolina 2019)

March 2019

A court should consider a parent’s income and assets to decide if the parent has the present ability to pay child support. The father appealed the court’s order finding him in contempt for failure to pay support.

Welch v. Peery (Nebraska 2019)

March 2019

Any modification of child support or waiver must be in the child’s best interest. The mother in this case filed a petition for permission to move out of state, and the father opposed it.

Independent Contractors and Nontraditional Workers: Implications for the Child Support Program

March 2019

An increasing number of parents are employed in non-traditional jobs where income withholding is not available. This article identifies issues for the child support program with the “gig economy.” The research yielded three key findings: the larger number of parents employed in this manner means less consistent child support payments, automated enforcement tools have limited use for collecting support, and outreach to the parents and the employers may be the most effective way of collecting support.

Child Support Compliance in Fatherhood Programs: The Role of Hope, Role Salience, and Parenting Skills

February 2019

This study evaluates the roles of hope, parenting role salience, and parenting skills in predicting change in a non-custodial parent’s compliance with child support. The authors surveyed participants in a responsible fatherhood program both prior to the start of the program and upon completion.

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.

2Gen Procedures Integrating a two-Generation Approach to Child Support Services Colorado’s Service Level Approach

January 2019

In 2013, Child Support Services Division (CSS) of the Colorado Department of Human Services began an agency shift its philosophy of providing services. CSS wanted to provide services in a way that would benefit the entire family.