Theory, and Practice
Guideline Economics offers an alternative
to the Income Shares and Percentage of Obligor
Income methods of calculating child support, commonly
used in U.S. states and many countries. Our
method is based upon the actual costs of children and sound
We also feature sophisticated calculations
of deviations to the child support presumptive
awards that are currently in use.
This site provides a wide array
of information, research, and products on the many methods
of calculating child support and correctly calculating
Primer on Child
Child support guideline awards
are not written in stone. Whether you are a
noncustodial or custodial parent you have
the right to ask the court to make an award
that differs from the presumptive
amount if your case warrants. Read
CLE Deviations Seminar
September 18 PM, Atlanta
CLE hours for GA lawyers.
* Develop convincing numbers for Schedule E;
* Seminar material independently available. Click here.
details. Next seminar Sept 18, 2012, Atlanta.
for seminar materials only.
Commission on Child Support Pulic Hearing:
The Ecomomic Study Committee
of the Georgia Commission on Child Support will meet
on November 26, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in the Doss Conference
Room of the Administrative Office of the Courts, 244
Washington Street SW, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.
The meeting is open to the public. Visit http://www.georgiacourts.gov/index.php/contact-us for directions.
Child Support Issue of 2012:
Prevent building up arrearage
after income loss. Go to News and
select Top 2012 Issue: Arrearage.
Hampshire Study Recommends Sweeping Changes
The latest review of NH child support
guidelines has recommended moving from the arbitrary, fixed
Percentage of Obligor to the Income Shares model and a presumptive
parenting time adjustment.
Changes from Percentage of Obligor to Income Shares
Georgia takes a small step forward
January 1, 2007 when it replaces its child support guidelines
based on percentage of obligor's income (which fails to take
into account the custodial parent's income), with an Income
Shares model. Many child support amounts will change. For
FAQs on the new law, click here.
|Modify Your Child Support
Economic hard times can make it
more important to modify child a support order.
helpful page is by the federal DHHS but also contains
misinformation. It says parenting time is factored in
when it is not.
Also, look up your state's
A primer for child support guidelines
Prepared independently for Montana’s
child support review panel. For more details and comments
by R. Mark Rogers go to Montana.
Many reservists have a sudden loss
in income and need to modify child support obligations
or face heavy arrearage. For details go to News
& Information and select “Reservists.”
Economics of Child Support Determination|
These presentation slides in PDF
show the factors that need to go into child support guidelines
and awards. Given by R. Mark Rogers to the Fathers and
Families Conference in Detroit, June, 2005.
Professor Admits No Economic Basis for Child Support (PDF)
University of Texas law professor Jack Sampson, coauthor
of The Sampson & Tindall Family Code Book,
admitted to the July 12, 2006 hearing of the Texas House
Juvenile Justice Committee that the state’s child
support guidelines are totally arbitrary. No economic
data was used to set the guidelines. He was forced to
admit this after listening to this testimony.
Support Schedule and Parenting: Time Adjustment Issues
Though a submission to the Georgia Child Support Commission,
this paper's examination of allowances in child support
awards for the division of parenting time is relevant
and useful to any jurisdictions.
Would a Custodial Parent Hire a Child Costs Expert?
A PDF document.
Those who earn more than $60,000 a year, or where both
parents' combined income is over $100,000, are at greatest
risk for excessive child support awards.
of PSI's Income Shares
This thorough critique of Policy Studies Inc.’s
Income Shares model for child support was presented on
March 31, 2006 by R. Mark Rogers to the Alabama Administrative
Office of the Courts and the Alabama Guideline Review
Panel. Also available as a PDF
of the PowerPoint presentation.
|The Law And
Economics Of Child Support Payments
This recent book is a collection
of papers by R. M. Rogers, Sanford Braver, and others
and provides important citation material. They find that
child support guidelines currently in use in the U.S.
typically generate awards three to four times what they
would be if based on economically sound cost tables and
a true equal duty of support for both parents. See the
description [MSWord.] Available at the publisher's
web site and (least costly) Barnes