Child Support Guidelines: Interpretation and Application
Child Support Guidelines, Second Edition is the only comprehensive guidebook for determining child support awards that takes practitioners step-by-step through the interpretation and application of the guidelines and their worksheets in both the normal and exceptional child support case. This unique publication thoroughly covers each state's version of one of the three basic models for determining child support: the percentage of income model, the income shares model, and the Melson formula.
Important issues affecting calculations are clearly explained, including:
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I have not read the entire book, however a case cited in the book Nadrich v. Nadrich is my case.
The author takes an excerpt from the ruling that is out of context and misrepresents the overall ruling, which ultimately reversed the award of child support and was never granted upon rehearing, the author misses other important facts of the case. Basically the Judge erred in awarding child support by ignoring the substantial time sharing arrangement the parties had agreed too. The argument of wages had nothing to do with child support, but the author's title of the book and excerpt implies it does, giving a false reliance on the ruling.
This case is more importantly cited as it pertains to alimony, award of attorney fees, in-conjunction with a prior appellate ruling to homestead rights. Three subsequent cases have properly cited this case to state " And the trial court is also required to consider the former husband's own reasonable and necessary living expenses."
- in George v. George, 2012 and one similar citation.
Should an attorney attempt to use this excerpt for opposing counsel should easily counter the argument and not taking the excerpt as the author represents.
Unfortunately the law is only as good as the lawyers that interpert the facts and make the citations.
I also hope the author had done a better job in researching other cases as cited in her book.
TABLE 15 Percentage of Income Devoted to Support Under
TABLE 21 Average Annual Expenditures on Children
Income Shares Model
THE ECONOMICS OF CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES
TABLE 87 StatebyState Treatment of the LowIncome Parent
TABLE 41 StatebyState Treatment of Gross vs Net Income
TABLE 91 StateByState Treatment of Standard of Variance
DEVIATING FROM THE GUIDELINES
DISCOVERY OF INCOME
TABLE 71 StatebyState Treatment of Health Insurance Costs
TABLE 83 StatebyState Treatment of Education Expenses
TABLE 84 StatebyState Treatment of Termination of Guideline
TABLE 86 StatebyState Treatment of the HighIncome Parent