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Research & Case Law

In Everybody’s Best Interests: Why Reforming Child Support Distribution Makes Sense for Government and Families

September 2005

This is a link to a policy brief. Fully implementing distribution reforms and eliminating welfare cost-recovery from the child support program has the potential to boost the income of millions of low-income children. More than $2 billion per year is currently withheld by the government to reimburse welfare costs. This money could be going to families. Moreover, the evidence suggests that more non-custodial parents would pay child support if they knew the money benefited their children. While there are a number of reforms that could be made to increase the reliability of child support reaching low-income children, distribution reform is a key one.

More Child Support Dollars to Kids-Using New State Flexibility in Child Support Pass-Through

September 2005

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) provides new state flexibility to pass through more child support dollars to children who currently receive or formerly received welfare. The federal government will pick up part of the cost if states exercise this new flexibility. These changes provide opportunities for states to devise new strategies to increase parental support for poor children and reduce poverty. In this policy brief, the authors discuss three reasons for states to consider these new opportunities. See also www.clasp.org.

The Child Support Program: An Investment that Works

July 2005

This is a link to a monograph that discusses the financial and non-financial benefits of the child support enforcement program.

The Intersection of Incarceration & Child Support: A Snapshot of Maryland’s Caseload

July 2005

This is a report on the population of incarcerated parents with child support cases and arrearages.

Arrears Leveraging Pilot Project: Outcomes Achieved & Lessons Learned

March 2005

This report evaluates the ALPP, Maryland's Arrears Leveraging Pilot Project, designed to encourage low-income, non-paying child support obligors to pay their current support by rewarding consistent payment with reduction or elimination of state-owed arrears.

McCulloh v. Drake (Wyoming 2005)

February 2005

A change from shared custody to primary custody creates a rebuttable presumption of a change in circumstances occurred significant enough to warrant modification of child support.

Increasing Healthcare Coverage for Children: A New Coordinated Approach Findings from Colorado

October 2004

This report covers Colorado’s 1115 demonstration grant to try a new approach to increasing the number of IV-D children with health care coverage through private insurance, Medicaid, SCHIP and other sources. The research was conducted by the Division of Child Support Services with the Colorado Department of Human Services.

State on behalf of LLB v. Hill (Nebraska 2004)

July 2004

Child support arrears will not be forgiven under an equity argument if a parent’s lack of diligence lead to the accumulation of the arrears

State on behalf of LLB v. Hill (Nebraska 2004)

July 2004

Child support arrears will not be forgiven under an equity argument if a parent’s lack of diligence lead to the accumulation of the arrears.

GDK v. State (Wyoming 2004)

June 2004

When faced with conflicting statutory presumptions of paternity, the court will use a best interest standard to determine parentage.