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Research & Case Law

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.

Declining Employment among Young Black Less-Educated Men: The Role of Incarceration and Child Support

April 2004

In this paper, researchers document the continuing decline in employment and labor force participation of black men between the ages of 16 and 34 who have a high school education or less.

Cost Avoidance and Cost Recovery in California's Child Support Program: SFY 2000-01

February 2004

In 2003, the Child Support Directors Association of California contracted with the Urban Institute to develop a cost avoidance estimate for California using the same methodology used for the Office of Child Support Enforcement study. The results of that study are presented here (for state fiscal year 2000-01) and cover the following programs: the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, the Food Stamp Program, Medi-Cal, the Supplemental Security Income program, and federal housing assistance.

Ready v. Ready (Wyoming 2003)

November 2003

A deviation from the guidelines is permitted only when the trial court makes a finding that it would be unjust or inappropriate to follow them in a particular case and it specifically sets forth in full the reasons thereof in a divorce decree.

Getting Noncustodial Dads Involved in the Lives of Foster Children

November 2003

This policy brief provides data that suggest that many, if not most, foster care children in the United States were not living with their father at the time they were removed from their home.

Ready v. Ready (Wyoming 2003)

September 2003

There is no per se prohibition from using federal tax returns to calculate child support.

Truth and Consequences Part III: Who Pays When Paternity is Disestablished?

September 2003

This is a link to the last in a series of three monographs about paternity disestablishment. This monograph discusses the fiscal consequences to the child, the parents, and the state if paternity is disestablished.

Truth and Consequences: Part I. Disestablishing the Paternity of Non-Marital Children

September 2003

In some states, there are detailed procedures for challenging paternity acknowledgments; in other states, there is little or no statutory guidance in this area. Some states have statutory and case law to guide the process of paternity disestablishment when paternity has been adjudicated or presumed, while others offer little guidance. This is a link to a monograph that reviews the statutory and case law in this area and offers recommendations for bringing greater fairness and clarity to the process.

Truth and Consequences: Part II. Questioning the Paternity of Marital Children

September 2003

There is wide variation among the states on the issue of paternity disestablishment for marital children. While some states have enacted legislation, few have adopted a comprehensive scheme that deals with potential challenges by husbands, wives, and paramours. This is a link to a monograph that discusses the need for states to have a comprehensive scheme for addressing the concerns of all potential parties, and that disestablishment actions must consider the best interests of the child, and protect these interests through appointment of a guardian ad litem.