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Consequences of Minnesota Child Support Guidelines for Children of Divorced Parents.

Rettig Kathryn D. and Kerry Kriener-Althen.

The federal Child Support Enforcement Amendments of 1984 required that all states adopt numerical formulas for child support guidelines by October 1989 to determine the amount of money that noncustodial (that is, nonresident) parents must pay to financially support their children. These amendments were intended to achieve consistency and horizontal equity across all cases by placing consistent financial demands on parents who pay child support, protect the financial well-being of children, and ensure responsibility and equity by allocating to children proportional shares of parental incomes. Two University of Minnesota research studies conducted in 1986 and 1999 evaluated the child support guidelines in Minnesota. The authors describe the study populations for these two University research projects and then examine a comparable subsample of the sole physical custody cases for these two years to see whether the financial well-being of children improved, stayed the same, or deteriorated during the intervening 13 years. They also consider how successfully the policy goals of the Child Support Enforcement Amendments of 1984 have been achieved in Minnesota.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Funded by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, with additional support from CURA's Faculty Interactive Research Program.
33 (3): 10-16.
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Reporter 33 (3)