Child Support Guidelines and Guidelines Reviews: State Differences and Common Issues
Jane C. Venohr
For almost 25 years, federal regulation has required states to provide statewide child support guidelines and review their guidelines at least once every four years. This article explores similarities and differences among existing state guidelines, identifies changes to guidelines over time, and discusses current issues. In general, states base their guidelines on similar underlying premises, but there is considerable variation in state guideline amounts. Some of the common issues that arise in state guideline reviews are appropriate and fair adjustments for low-income parents, shared-parenting time, additional dependents and nontraditional families, and medical child support.