Providing for the needs of children of separated parents lies at the heart of state child support laws. But what about providing for the special needs of children of high-income obligors and ensuring consistency in a system often marked by unpredictability and high emotions? This Note examines the manifold problems that discretionary high-income child support decisions can cause: inequitable settlement, increased litigation, injured family structures, and inconsistent decisions. This Note also proposes a solution: to set higher thresholds for triggering a high-income analysis and to require high-income parents to contribute to post-secondary educational trusts. Finally, this Note explains that, as a result of disparate parental resources and fixed costs concerns, the solution should also apply to parents who share physical custody of their children.
High-Income Child Support Guidelines: Harmonizing the Need for Limits with the Best Interests of the Child,
Chi.-Kent L. Rev.
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