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September 08, 2010


Pamela S. Wynn

Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation Allen.


I agree to Elinor Robin's comment. Anyway, this is an intelligent and informative post. Thank you for sharing!

Elinor Robin

There is a problem with the new 20% gross-up method.If a
parent’s % of overnights is less than 1/3 of that parent’s % of net income (example-parent has 25% of overnights and 80% of income) that parent pays more child support than if s/he did not have the children at all. Hopefully, the legislature will fix this in a special session - soon. In the meantime couples need to be aware.

Pamela S. Wynn

Thanks Robin - good eye! There were 3 different effective dates in one bill.

Child Support Collection

The comparison should not be with agencies where the government pays. Child support is fixed by the income and thus the imputed standard of living of the children.

In the first example $955 seems outrageous. Dad makes $3k pays 20% in tax (guess) and $150 in insurance. That leaves him with $1300 a month net. Mom makes $2k and probably pays no taxes plus gets an EIC equal to $250 a month. After deducting daycare she is effectively netting $2800 net spendable a month. Now it may be hard to live on that but the balance between the parents seems pretty out of whack.


These changes do not become effective 'til January 1, 2011. The only change to child support law that becomes effective on 10/1 is obligation to determine and include child support for each child when they turn 18 in any order establishing or modifying support and/or an IDO in support cases involving families with more than 1 child.

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