Q & A: Increase in Child Support

Q & A: A client agreed in a divorce decree that she would not ever ask for a child support adjustment. The decree says that ‘if she does, any increase will be returned to the husband as an additional property settlement.’ The client now wishes to as for an increase in child support. Is there any authority for voiding such a clause or being granted a modification despite this clause in the decree?

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Social Science Update: What are the effects of father and mother parenting on children’s mental health in high and low conflict divorces?

In 2008, social scientists conducted a study that looked at 182 family participants. The scientists reviewed court records every six months for three years. This study involved couples who were divorced and mothers who had primary physical custody of their children. Fathers were also interviewed. This study utilized a number of scales to rate conflict frequency, intensity, degree of resolution of interpersonal conflict, and how often parent’s argued about a range of topics such as discipline.

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Q & A: How should child support be calculated when the obligor's income is based on an hourly wage and commissions?

Q & A: When an obligor has an hourly wage and commissions, should the commissions be averaged over three years to come up with the gross income for a child support obligation? What happens when the opposing counsel insists on using income which includes the obligor’s best commission year to date?

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