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Research & Case Law

Pettersen v. Pettersen (Mississippi 2018)

October 2018

The court has discretion to set support for the time period before a divorce is filed. If support is set, it can only go back to one year before the filing of the action. The parents in this case filed for divorce.

Osborn v. Anderson (Kansas 2018)

October 2018

An annulment order doesn’t revoke a paternity acknowledgment without language to that effect. In this case, the father signed a paternity affidavit knowing that he wasn’t the child’s biological father. The father and mother married, but ended their marriage with a judicial annulment.

Kendle v. Kendle (Tennessee 2018)

October 2018

When determining if it can honor a garnishment notice, an employer has no obligation to consider any garnishments already in place with another employer. The father in this case had two employers.

Gordon v. Gordon (Tennessee 2018)

October 2018

Deviations from presumptive child support must be supported by specific reasons. In this case, the parents agreed to an upward deviation in child support in the initial support order.

County of Durham v. Burnette (North Carolina 2018)

October 2018

Evidence of a parent’s willful refusal to pay a child support order and ability to pay purge conditions must support a contempt order. The father had two child support orders, and the County of Durham initiated contempt proceedings on both orders.

Millen v. Hatter (Tennessee 2018)

October 2018

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) issued an administrative order to garnish the father’s bank account for unpaid child support.

Crews v. Paysour (North Carolina 2018)

October 2018

On remand, a trial court may consider new evidence in a child support hearing. If it doesn’t, the findings of fact and conclusions of law in the order must be based on the existing record. The appellate court remanded the initial order in this case for further findings.

Hill v. Hill (North Carolina 2018)

October 2018

A trial court must be clear about its process in imputing income. The father appealed the court order that denied his request for a modification of child support and found him in contempt. The father was terminated from his high-income job and requested a modification in support.

Burgess v. Williamson (Mississippi 2018)

October 2018

A parent cannot challenge the court’s jurisdiction over an initial order in subsequent proceedings. The father, the custodial parent, filed a motion to hold mother in contempt for failure to pay support. The mother filed a motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction.

Participation in Responsible Fatherhood Programs in the PACT Evaluation: Associations with Father and Program Characteristics

October 2018

This brief presents new findings on the factors that are associated with fathers’ participation in responsible fatherhood (RF) programs. It is based on data collected for the implementation study of RF programs, which documents how the programs were designed and operated and identifies challenges and promising practices. It uses data from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation to describe the characteristics of fathers enrolled in PACT and the associations between the fathers’ characteristics and their program participation. Fathers with a child support order were more likely to attend a core workshop. They also participated in a greater percentage of workshop hours than fathers without a child support order. Each RF program established relationships with their local child support office to assist fathers with navigating the child support system—which may have boosted participation among fathers in need of these services.