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Research & Case Law

Transforming Colorado’s Child Support Services to a Two-Generation Approach: Lessons Learned from Implementing an 11-County Pilot Study

May 2019

The Child Support Services Division of the Colorado Department of Human Services made a conscious decision to change its service delivery method from an enforcement approach to a two-generational (2Gen), family-centered approach. Eleven counties have participated in a pilot project, the 2Gen Child Support Services Transformation Project, to implement the 2Gen approach. 

Rosberg v. Rosberg (Nebraska 2019)

April 2019

Under certain circumstances, a court may analyze a parent’s historical earnings and ability to support a family to set income for child supoprt. The parents in this case filed for divorce. The parents had six children together, in addition to children from other relationships.

Troester v. Troester (Nebraska 2019)

April 2019

A parent who seeks a modification of child support must show a substantial change of circumstances that happened after the entry of the order. In this case, the parents filed for divorce and stipulated to child support in a settlement agreement.

State v. Savage (Kansas 2019)

April 2019

Once a probation violation is proved, a court has discretion to impose the underlying sentence or modify the terms and conditions.

In the Matter of W.L. and G.L. (Kansas 2019)

April 2019

To prove parentage, an unmarried person must first show a presumption of parentage by a preponderance of the evidence. The burden then shifts to the responding parent to rebut the presumption by clear and convincing evidence.

Young v. Air Masters Mechanical Inc. (Mississippi 2019)

April 2019

A child support lien is valid even if the children have been subsequently adopted. The father and mother were married and had two children. They divorced, and the father was ordered to pay support. The mother remarried, and her new husband adopted the children.

Gunter v. Gunter (Mississippi 2019)

April 2019

Courts may depart from the child support guideline amount but must make specific findings to support the departure.

Stockdale v. Rehal (Nebraska 2019)

April 2019

A district court has discretion to retroactively adjust a temporary child support obligation. The never-married parents in this case separated, and a temporary child support obligation was established.

Start Smart: Using Behavioral Strategies to Increase Initial Child Support Payments in Texas

April 2019

As a recipient of the Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services (BICS) grant, the Texas Office of the Attorney General implemented a project designed to increase the number of child support payments made during the first three months after order entry. For most cases, it takes about this amount of time for income withholding to take effect. The research team identified behavioral bottlenecks in the current process. Behavioral bottlenecks are the points where parents and employees may face psychological and behavioral propensities that get in the way of the parent making a payment. Then, the team put in place an intervention based on behavioral science to address the bottlenecks. The report addresses the specific intervention and the outcomes.

Final Impact Findings from the Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)

March 2019

The Office of Child Support Enforcement sponsored the Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration Grant to study the effect of child support-led employment programs on the payment of regular child support. Under this grant, noncustodial parents (NCP) were divided into two groups: one received no special services and the second received special services in the areas of case management, enhanced child support services, employment, and parenting. The researchers used three sources of data, a baseline survey, a 12-month follow-up survey, and administrative data, to make their findings.