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Research & Case Law

Cousin v. Cousin (North Carolina 2021)

April 2021

A court can use a parent’s prior income to calculate gross monthly income but findings must support the decision. This case came before the district court in early 2018. During the trial, the father testified as to his income so far 2018. Evidence showed his income for 2016 and 2017 and bonuses received during both years. The father testified he had yet to receive a bonus in 2018 and didn’t know if he would. To calculate the father’s income for child support, the district court used his 2017 income and added in an amount to cover a bonus. This meant the parties’ combined adjusted gross income was above the upper limit for the child support guidelines.

State ex rel. Roberts v. Crafton (Tennessee 2021)

April 2021

A child support order may be void on grounds of public policy if it relieves both parents of their obligation to pay support. The original divorce decree in this case ordered the father to pay half of the children’s private school tuition in lieu of child support. If the children stopped attending private school, then support would be calculated under the guidelines. Subsequently, the case was transferred from Circuit Court to Juvenile Court.  The father filed many motions all with the objective of setting aside the tuition provision.

McGrath v. Hester (Tennessee 2021)

April 2021

A clear and unambiguous provision of an agreed-to parenting plan is enforceable. The parents in this case agreed to a provision in their parenting plan requiring them to each maintain a life insurance policy in the amount of $300,000 for the benefit of their children until completion of the child support obligation. The father, who remarried, passed away. He left a life insurance policy, and the mother filed a complaint requesting a constructive trust for the $300,000.

Bowmaker v. Rollman (Nebraska 2021)

April 2021

Principles of equity may guide a trial court in crafting a decision under specific circumstances in a child support case. The mother registered a Kansas divorce decree in Nebraska and then filed to modify it and for a finding of contempt against the father for a failure to pay support. Prior to hearing, the parties agreed to a parenting agreement that modified child support. The court approved the agreement pending resolution of several other issues. Prior to entry of the final order, the father filed to set aside the parenting agreement due to a significant decrease in his income. The trial court set aside the agreement but offered the mother the opportunity to do additional discovery about the father’s income.

Eicke v. Eicke (Nebraska 2021)

March 2021

Parents must be making a retirement deduction in order to receive credit in their adjusted gross income. In this divorce action, to calculate income for child support, the district court deducted a retirement contribution from both parents’ incomes even though neither parent was contributing. The district court also credited mother for the entire health insurance premium. She carried five people on the policy, including the parties’ three children, and the cost was the same regardless of the number of children. The final order awarded sole physical custody of the children to the mother and ordered father to pay support. The father appealed the final order.

State on behalf of Pierce K. v. Jacob K. (Nebraska 2021)

March 2021

An abatement of child support is discretionary. The father filed a contempt petition against mother for violating their parenting plan. He asked to be awarded custody of their child and for a modification of child support. The trial court granted the father’s petition, set a new visitation schedule, and ordered the mother to pay support. The mother appealed arguing the court erred in modifying custody and ordering her to pay support.

Lageman v. Lageman (Mississippi 2021)

March 2021

When a parent’s annual adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000, a court must make findings as to whether the application of the guidelines is reasonable. The final decree of divorce ordered the father to pay support in the amount equaled to twenty percent of his adjusted gross income. The father appealed arguing the amount was higher than the children’s expenses.

In re Ralph (Kansas 2021)

March 2021

Due process requires a modification filing include all statutorily required documents. In 2017, the father filed to modify child support but failed to include the required domestic relations affidavit (DRA) or child support worksheet (CSW). In her answer, the mother noted the missing documents. Father took no further action until 2019 when he filed again, this time including the DRA and child support worksheet. He requested support be modified retroactive to the date of the 2017 filing. He argued equity demanded he be given credit for child support. The trial court modified support prospectively but denied his request for retroactive support. The father appealed.

Scott v. Scott (Kansas 2021)

March 2021

Incarceration is one factor to be considered when modifying a child support order. The father, who was incarcerated in the federal penitentiary, filed to modify his support prospectively and retroactively. He asked the court to calculate retroactive and prospective support based on actual income. The district court denied his motion. He appealed.

State ex rel. Moody v. Roker (Tennessee 2021)

March 2021

A ruling in a final order must be supported by findings of fact and conclusions of law. The mother, a Georgia resident, used the child support program to establish paternity and support pursuant to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. The father was incarcerated in Tennessee. The father filed numerous pretrial motions. Significant to this appeal, he filed a motion to participate in the hearing and for transportation. The trial court held a hearing, which was attended by the child support attorney.