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Child Support Guidelines Schedule Should Reflect Current Economic Conditions, Report No. 00-20, December 2000
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  • Based on OPPAGA’s recommendations, state law has been amended to require judges to provide a written record of reasons for deviating from child support guidelines and to allow credit for the time children spend with the secondary residential parent in determining support awards.
  • However, the current child support guidelines schedule continues to reflect 1973 expenditure data and 1992 economic conditions and should be updated. Several economic models that could be used to update the guidelines schedule would affect support obligations differently.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 97-63   Review of Adherence to Child Support Guidelines, published in March 1998.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Child Support Enforcement

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 02-13 Special Review: Adherence to Florida’s Child Support Guidelines Appears to Be Improving, published in February 2002.
  • Report No. 00-19 Progress Report: Child Support Enforcement Demonstration Projects Continue to Show Mixed Results, published in November 2000.
  • Report No. 98-39 Child Support Enforcement Demonstration Projects Show Mixed Results, But Should Be Continued, published in  January 1999.

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