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Research & Case Law

Dollars and Sense: Improving the Determination of Child Support Obligations for Low Income Fathers, Mothers, and Children

June 2002

This is a link to a report on the concerns of low-income parents gained from discussions of participants in the Center on Fathers, Family, and Public Policy’s Common Ground Project.

Barnett v. Cusimano (Kansas 2002)

May 2002

There is no authority within the guidelines to increase the non-custodial parent's child support obligation through an upward adjustment under the supplemental visitation category based solely upon the non-custodial parent's failure to exercise visitation or spend quality time with a minor child.

An Evaluation of the Colorado Arrears Forgiveness Demonstration Project: Final Report

May 2002

This final report covers a demonstration project in two Colorado Counties in which non-custodial parents (NCP) were offered opportunities for forgiveness of state debts in exchange for regular support payments over a ten month period. This research was conducted by the Division of Child Support Services with the Colorado Department of Human Services.

In re Marriage of Brand (Kansas 2002)

April 2002

There are many factors to consider when determining what amount of a Subchapter S corporation's income should be included as income of its shareholders for purposes of calculating child support. In those cases where income can be manipulated because of the ability to control distributions, heightened scrutiny should be exercised.

Do Nonresident Fathers Who Pay Child Support Visit Their Children More?

March 2002

This report examines the answer to the question raised by the title. Children who have child support orders and receive child support payments have more frequent contact with their nonresident fathers. Children living in poverty were less likely to have seen their fathers in the previous year than were children whose family earnings exceeded the poverty line. African-American children born to unmarried parents were more likely to see their fathers than are white or Hispanic children. Children born out of wedlock, regardless of income, were more likely to visit their fathers after the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) was enacted. There was no increase in nonresident father visitation among children born in wedlock, regardless of income.

Whitt v. State ex rel. Wright (Wyoming 2001)

December 2001

In establishing the amount of back child support owed, a state must determine the actual income of both parents for the time period at issue, or the state must have a factual basis to support that any imputation of income was reasonable over the time periods at issue.

Serving Parents Who Leave Prison: Final Report on the Work and Family Center

December 2001

The report focuses on ex-offenders with Colorado child support cases who were offered assistance with employment, child support, and family reintegration.The research was conducted by the Division of Child Support Services with the Colorado Department of Human Services.

In re Marriage of Kasper (Kansas 2001)

July 2001

In situations where parents have divided custody of two children, a child support worksheet must be completed for each child.

In re Marriage of Burton (Kansas 2001)

July 2001

The doctrine of laches is applicable in child support cases.

In re Marriage of Burton (Kansas 2001)

July 2001

A trial court must follow the support guidelines, and a deviation from the guidelines without a stated reason is reversible error.