October 2014 | Jennifer L. Noyes, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Child Support Models and the Perception of “Fairness”

This is a link to a research paper on the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) website that provides an overview of each of the three different models of child support guidelines – Income Shares, Melson, and Percentage of Income – and examines the perceptions of fairness of each model.  In recent years, states have been moving toward the Income Shares model, both because of the perception of fairness of this model in that it takes into consideration the income of both parents, and because of states’ desire to address a shift in the parenting arrangements of families.


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