Flaws in Proposed Virginia Child Support Cost Schedules
[PDF] Presentation to the Virginia Joint Legislative Ad
Hoc Committee on Child Support re Senate Bill No. 1312 (2003),
November, 2003, by R. Mark Rogers.
Flaws in Senate Bill 1312 [PDF] by constitutional
law consultant John Remington Graham, submitted January, 2004.
After the above two presentations the Committee
tabled (dropped) House Bill 1312.
Brief Economic Critique of Virginia’s Child Support
Guidelines and Recommendations [PDF] presentation
to the Virginia Child Support Guideline Review Panel, May
23, 2002, by R. Mark Rogers.
Reviews the flawed underlying economic study for Virginia’s
child support guideline tables, discusses what the appropriate
legal standards are for child support guidelines, demonstrates
with economic exhibits that the presumptive awards are excessive,
and shows the accounting flaws in the typical “multiplier”
for shared parenting situations in Income Shares guidelines.
This critique applies to Income Shares child support guidelines
in other states.
Virginia's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission,
This Commission conducted activities related to the state’s
federally required four year review of its child support guidelines.
The panel had concerns regarding
the reliability and validity of the data and studies upon
which the guidelines were based. They questioned the equity
and validity of the current guidelines but felt that no preferable
alternative was available so recommended that the existing
guidelines be retained as an interim solution and that the
General Assembly should authorize a Virginia-specific study
of the cost of raising children in non-intact families to
be used as for the next review of the guidelines. Several
reports came out of this, including:
from Richard J. Byrd [MSWord] to Virginia Quadrennial
Guideline Review Panel Regarding Analysis of the PSI Study
and Recommendations. May 26, 1999.
State Child Support Guidelines [PDF] Donald
The author prepared this paper in response to a written request
from Joseph S. Crane, Chairman, 1999 Virginia Child Support
Quadrennial Review Panel, for a submission setting forth the
author’s method and suggestions as to guidelines for
determining child support award amounts. The author was an
appointed member of an expert panel that provided advice on
the general nature of the research and made recommendations
that appeared in Evaluation of Child Support Guidelines, prepared
by CSR, Inc, for the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement
(OCSE) in 1996. He is also author of a model child support
guideline that appeared as Chapter 11 in Child Support Guidelines:
the Next Generation, which was published by the OCSE in 1994.