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The Use of Child Support Guidelines in Wisconsin: 2010 and 2013

Wisconsin has established guidelines for courts to use in setting child support orders. Federal rules require a regular review of the use of these guidelines. This report continues an ongoing series of reports on child support guideline use done by the UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty. This new review updates trends in consistency of orders with guidelines, and provides new information on the usage of imputed income in setting orders and of default orders, including how orders’ consistency with guidelines is related to these and other case characteristics. These results provide findings to the Bureau that may inform future decisions about changes to guidelines, decisions about complying with new federal regulations on imputing income, and training/guidance to child support caseworkers and judicial personnel.


Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Custody & Placement, Family Income, Guidelines, Orders & Payments, WI Administrative Data Core


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