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Research & Case Law

An Examination of the Use and Effectiveness of Child Support Enforcement Tools in Six States

August 2019

The authors of this brief studied child support enforcement practices in six different states. The states had a wide range of caseload sizes and collection percentages for both current support and arrears and had different program structures. The study found five areas where practices varied: the use of judicial or administrative procedures; the use of automated procedures; extent of caseworker discretion; centralized as opposed to county-level decision making; and the case assignment model. 

Relief from Government-Owed Child Support Debt and Its Effects on Parents and Children

August 2019

This study recaps the results of California’s pilot project granting noncustodial parents relief from their state-owed arrears. In California, a large portion of of child support payments are owed to the government. If a parent doesn’t make the full monthly payment, interest accrues on the unpaid amount. The state implemented a pilot project in San Francisco that paid off all state-owed debt for a select group of noncustodial parents.

Improving Child Support Enforcement Outcomes with Online Dispute Resolution

August 2019

Part of the 2019 Trends in State Courts publication from the National Center for State Courts, this report summarizes Ottawa County, Michigan’s efforts to use Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) tools to improve child support outcomes for families. In 2016, Ottawa County implemented ODR tools with the goal of reducing the number of contempt hearings and improving order compliance.

Watkins v. Benjamin (North Carolina 2019)

August 2019

For purposes of UIFSA jurisdiction, a new child support order isn’t established because the obligor of the order changes. The parents divorced in North Carolina, and the order granted custody to the father and ordered the mother to pay support.

In re LaForest (Kansas 2019)

August 2019

An award of attorney fees cannot be offset against child support. A mother and father filed for divorce. The divorce dragged on, and eventually, the mother obtained a default divorce. The father filed to set aside the default order and asked for the attorney fees incurred to prepare the motion.

Herrin v. Perkins (Mississippi 2019)

August 2019

A parent should object to the sufficiency of a contempt pleading at trial. The father and mother agreed to visitation and amounts for current and back child support for their child and a judgment for the mother’s attorney fees. A year later, the mother filed a contempt petition.

Incorporating Strategies Informed by Procedural Justice into Child Support Services: Training Approaches Applied in the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) Demonstration

July 2019

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) funded the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) Demonstration Grant to explore ways to integrate procedural justice principles into child support enforcement. Six sites were awarded grants. This article shares the lessons learned with respect to training the employees at the six sites.

Personalized Outreach Testing Early Parent Engagement in Washington’s Child Support Program

July 2019

The state of Washington applied Behavioral Intervention techniques to see if it could raise parental engagement in the order establishment process. Data showed that a high number of new orders were set by default, without parent involvement, and that the payments received in the first six months of these orders were minimal. Washington designed an intervention to increase engagement, build a better relationship between the parent and the agency, and thereby increase payments.

In re Moler (Kansas 2019)

July 2019

A Kansas Court didn’t have jurisdiction to modify the definition of income contained in a settlement agreement. The father was a high earner.

Knell v. Knell (Wyoming 2019)

July 2019

The federal Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) limits the amount that can be garnished from a person’s disposable income. A child support order meets the CCPA definition of a garnishment.