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Research & Case Law

Kennedy v. Kennedy (Nebraska 2019)

July 2019

A parent who requests a modification of child support must show a material change in circumstances occurred after the entry of the original decree and that wasn’t contemplated when the decree was entered. A lower income isn’t necessarily a change if the parent’s choices led to the reduction.

A New Response to Child Support Noncompliance

June 2019

Research shows that parents are more concerned with being treated fairly than with the actual outcome of a child support case. With this principle in mind, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) selected five sites to participate in the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) project, which will explore the application of procedural justice concepts to the enforcement of child support orders.

Explainers and Case Managers: Engaging California Parents During Child Support Order Establishment

June 2019

Two California counties used Behavioral Intervention strategies to reduce the number of default child support orders. Parents in California were being served for paternity cases with a service complaint packet, which contained long and confusing documents. The counties were finding that most parents didn’t respond to service, which led to default orders. 

Illicit Substance Use and Child Support: An Exploratory Study

June 2019

The authors of this study reviewed literature and interviewed professionals about the effect of substance use disorders (SUD) on the payment of child support. 

Marriage of Alvis (Colorado 2019)

June 2019

The child support guidelines account for the first $250 of unreimbursed medical expenses. Neither party can be ordered to pay this amount. The parents’ divorce decree ordered shared custody of three children and set support accordingly.

State v. Jarvel (Nebraska 2019)

June 2019

A nonsupporting party is the necessary party in a proceeding for child and medical support. A parent who appears at a hearing waives a claim to defective service. The state of Nebraska filed a complaint against the father to establish paternity and support.

Martin v. Borries (Mississippi 2019)

June 2019

A voluntary reduction in income is not a substantial change of circumstances for a modification of child support. A change must be unforeseen. At the time of the parents’ divorce, the father worked overseas and earned a substantial amount of money.

State of Kansas v. Manson (Kansas 2019)

June 2019

A voluntary acknowledgement of paternity must be revoked before the child turns one otherwise the parent-child relationship is permanent. The state of Kansas filed to establish support against the father for the benefit of a two-year-old child.

Alexander v. Alexander (Tennessee 2019)

June 2019

A judgment for child support arrears, which is based on a child support amount different from that shown on the child support worksheet of record, is void. In their divorce, the parents agreed to no child support. In return, the mother was to contribute to a college fund for their children.

Thomas v. Thomas (Mississippi 2019)

June 2019

A parent is entitled to credit against monthly child support for Social Security benefits paid to a child because of a parent’s disability. The parent is also entitled to credit against arrears for a lump sum received after the arrears have accrued. The mother and father filed for divorce.