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Research & Case Law

State of Tennessee ex rel. Haynes v. Daugherty

September 2019

In a contempt proceeding, a court may not impose a cash-only bond. This violates the parent’s constitutional right to pretrial release, equal protection, and due process.

Spencer Diaz v. Department of Human Services, State of Mississippi and Lora M. Ledet

September 2019

A technical error will not render a paternity acknowledgement void. When the mother and father met, the mother was already pregnant. The father signed a paternity acknowledgement several months after the child’s birth.

Parenting Time Opportunities for Children Research Brief

August 2019

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OSCE) sponsored a grant-initiative, the Parenting Time Opportunities for Children (PTOC), to research the ways child support agencies could establish parenting time orders along with child support orders. This brief highlights the outcomes of this project. Historically, orders from the child support program haven’t addressed visitation, but research shows that parents who regularly see their children are more likely to pay support among other benefits.

A Better Resolution Reaching Child Support Agreements Between Parents in Vermont

August 2019

This article describes the state of Vermont’s project to increase parent participation in the establishment and modification of orders using behavioral intervention techniques. Vermont received fund through the Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services (BICS) grant for this project. The project had two goals: increase parent participation during establishment and modification and to increase the number of agreements reached outside of court that settled at least one issue in the case.

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.