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Research & Case Law

Fichtel v. Zirwas (Tennessee 2019)

July 2019

A bonus payment, structured to benefit a business, may not be income for child support. Depreciation is not necessarily deductible for child support income. The mother, a doctor, filed a petition to relocate the children to Ohio. She had remarried and taken a job with a much lower income.

Riegl v. Lemond (Nebraska 2019)

July 2019

The Nebraska Child Support Guidelines allow a court to consider a parent’s earning capacity when setting income for child support. The parents filed for divorce. The father, a union electrician, was ordered to pay temporary support.

Neely v. Neely (Tennessee 2019)

July 2019

A contempt finding has four elements, one of which is a finding that the parent willfully didn’t pay the child support order. A contempt order must specifically address each element.

In re Whildin (Kansas 2019)

July 2019

A settlement agreement term that imputes minimum income to a parent for a future modification of child support may be against public policy.

Dooling v. Dooling (Nebraska 2019)

July 2019

This appeal addresses a case where the district court made multiple errors in calculating child support. The parents filed for divorce, and the district court set child support for their three children. The father appealed the order, making various arguments about the child support calculation.

Kennedy v. Kennedy (Nebraska 2019)

July 2019

A parent who requests a modification of child support must show a material change in circumstances occurred after the entry of the original decree and that wasn’t contemplated when the decree was entered. A lower income isn’t necessarily a change if the parent’s choices led to the reduction.

Explainers and Case Managers: Engaging California Parents During Child Support Order Establishment

June 2019

Two California counties used Behavioral Intervention strategies to reduce the number of default child support orders. Parents in California were being served for paternity cases with a service complaint packet, which contained long and confusing documents. The counties were finding that most parents didn’t respond to service, which led to default orders. 

Illicit Substance Use and Child Support: An Exploratory Study

June 2019

The authors of this study reviewed literature and interviewed professionals about the effect of substance use disorders (SUD) on the payment of child support. 

A New Response to Child Support Noncompliance

June 2019

Research shows that parents are more concerned with being treated fairly than with the actual outcome of a child support case. With this principle in mind, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) selected five sites to participate in the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) project, which will explore the application of procedural justice concepts to the enforcement of child support orders.

Marriage of Alvis (Colorado 2019)

June 2019

The child support guidelines account for the first $250 of unreimbursed medical expenses. Neither party can be ordered to pay this amount. The parents’ divorce decree ordered shared custody of three children and set support accordingly.