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Maryland child support guidelines: Case-level review

Date Added to Library: 
Monday, July 23, 2012 - 17:20
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high
Individual Author: 
Saunders, Correne
Young, Danielle
Ovwigho, Pamela Caudill
Born, Catherine E.
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Place Published: 
Baltimore, MD
Published Date: 
November 2008
Published Date (Text): 
November 2008
Year: 
2008
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Abstract: 

Since the mid-1990s, Maryland’s Child Support Enforcement Administration (CSEA) has contracted with the Family Welfare Research and Training Group (FWG) at the School of Social Work (SSW), University of Maryland Baltimore to achieve the second purpose of the quadrennial review: to collect and analyze case data on the application of and deviations from child support guidelines. Today’s report presents findings from review of a random sample of 6,530 Maryland IV-D child support cases in which support orders were established or modified between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2006.

Compared with previous case-level reviews also conducted by the FWG as part of a long-standing research partnership with CSEA, this review is much broader in scope. Our sample of cases is much larger because it is stratified by order type and jurisdiction, and provides valid results at the state level as well as comparisons of new versus modified orders and comparisons across jurisdictions. The main research questions of the review are as follows:

1) What are the characteristics of IV-D child support cases with orders established or modified between 2002 and 2006? What are the characteristics of noncustodial parents and custodians associated with these cases?

2) What is the deviation rate among cases with orders established or modified between 2002 and 2006? Are deviations from the child support guidelines more or less likely in certain types of cases?

3) How do new child support orders compare with modified child support orders established between 2002 and 2006? Are deviations from the child support guidelines more or less likely depending on the type of order?

4) How do the characteristics of cases with orders established or modified between 2002 and 2006 vary among local jurisdictions? Are deviations from the child support guidelines more or less likely in certain jurisdictions?

To put our findings in context, the next chapter provides a short history of child support guidelines and previous case-level reviews. (author abstract)

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