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Research & Case Law

In re Parentage of Shade ex rel. Shade (Kansas 2006)

January 2006

Defendants in paternity support actions may not invoke the defense of laches as a bar to the enforcement of moral and legal obligations to their minor children.

In re Parentage of Shade ex rel. Shade (Kansas 2006)

January 2006

The presumption that a man is the father of a child if he notoriously or in writing recognizes paternity of the child must be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence or by a court decree establishing paternity of the child by another man.

In re Parentage of Shade ex rel. Shade (Kansas 2006)

January 2006

The stated purpose of the Kansas Parentage Act is to ensure that the legal obligations, rights, privileges, duties, and obligations incident to the father and child relationship are carried out.

Child Support Cooperation Requirements and Public Benefits Programs: An Overview of Issues and Recommendations for Change

November 2005

This is a link to a monograph that explains the child support cooperation requirements in five programs: TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and child care.

Strategies for Preventing the Accumulation of Child Support Arrears and Managing Existing Arrears: An Update

November 2005

Many states are changing their policies to reduce the amount of arrears that will accumulate in the future. Several states are also developing programs and approaches to existing cases so that some of the existing debt can be dealt with. The link is to a paper describing some of these state efforts.

In Everybody’s Best Interests: Why Reforming Child Support Distribution Makes Sense for Government and Families

September 2005

This is a link to a policy brief. Fully implementing distribution reforms and eliminating welfare cost-recovery from the child support program has the potential to boost the income of millions of low-income children. More than $2 billion per year is currently withheld by the government to reimburse welfare costs. This money could be going to families. Moreover, the evidence suggests that more non-custodial parents would pay child support if they knew the money benefited their children. While there are a number of reforms that could be made to increase the reliability of child support reaching low-income children, distribution reform is a key one.

More Child Support Dollars to Kids-Using New State Flexibility in Child Support Pass-Through

September 2005

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) provides new state flexibility to pass through more child support dollars to children who currently receive or formerly received welfare. The federal government will pick up part of the cost if states exercise this new flexibility. These changes provide opportunities for states to devise new strategies to increase parental support for poor children and reduce poverty. In this policy brief, the authors discuss three reasons for states to consider these new opportunities. See also www.clasp.org.

The Child Support Program: An Investment that Works

July 2005

This is a link to a monograph that discusses the financial and non-financial benefits of the child support enforcement program.

The Intersection of Incarceration & Child Support: A Snapshot of Maryland’s Caseload

July 2005

This is a report on the population of incarcerated parents with child support cases and arrearages.

Arrears Leveraging Pilot Project: Outcomes Achieved & Lessons Learned

March 2005

This report evaluates the ALPP, Maryland's Arrears Leveraging Pilot Project, designed to encourage low-income, non-paying child support obligors to pay their current support by rewarding consistent payment with reduction or elimination of state-owed arrears.

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