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Research & Case Law

Early Intervention & Child Support Outcomes: Lessons Learned

February 2009

In an effort to reduce the growth of child support arrears balances and boost current support collections, the Office of Child Support Enforcement recommends the adoption of “early intervention” strategies. The goal of early intervention is to engage non-custodial parents in the child support process and develop a relationship with them.

Preventing Child Support Arrears in Texas by Improving Front-end Processes

January 2009

In 2003, the Texas Office of Attorney General fundamentally altered the process of establishing child support orders, going from a highly judicial process of establishing orders to a process that establishes most orders administratively. It also substantially improved the issuance of income withholding orders. This report describes the implementation of these reforms and measures their impact.

Murphy v. Murphy (Nebraska 2008)

December 2008

When a parent’s own actions lead to a reduced income, there is no substantial change in circumstances that would justify modifying a child support order.

Factors Associated with Nonpayment of Child Support

September 2008

Despite the employment of an automated enforcement system, recent statistics show that only half of non-custodial parents pay the full amount of what they owe. Understanding the reasons for noncompliance is critical in improving the child support enforcement system and providing suitable financial support to custodial-parent families. This is a link to an IRP report that explores potential reasons why some orders are not fully paid despite the routinization of the enforcement system.

Evaluation of the Bright Start Demonstration

September 2008

This report is the evaluation of Washington’s original three year demonstration grant for Washington’s Bright Start Program, which was designed to enhance in-hospital paternity establishment, and offer parents information about marriage, genetic testing, and parenting plans.

Policies to Require and Enable Less-Educated Noncustodial Parents to Work and Provide Financial Support for Their Children

August 2008

This is a link to a discussion paper on the Brookings Institution website that outlines three policy strategies to help low income noncustodial parents find work and meet their financial obligations to pay child support.

In re Marriage of Ormiston (Kansas 2008)

July 2008

The term income as it is used within the Kansas Child Support Guidelines (Guidelines) has been broadly interpreted by Kansas appellate courts to mean every conceivable form of income, whether it be in the form of earnings, royalties, bonuses, dividends, interest, maintenance, or rent.

State ex rel. Secretary, SRS v. Moses (Kansas 2008)

July 2008

The presumptive child support obligation of a non-custodial parent whose income is solely derived from public assistance would be $0 under the child support guidelines.

Confronting Child Support Debt: A Baseline Profile of Maryland Arrears

June 2008

This report provides data on the composition of child support arrearages in Maryland.

Lucero v. Lucero (Nebraska 2008)

May 2008

Absent equities to the contrary, the modification of child support orders should be applied retroactively to the first day of the month following the filing date of the modification.