University of Wisconsin–Madison
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The Use of Wisconsin’s Child Support Guidelines: Evidence from 2000 through 2003

Using a sample of child support cases that entered the Wisconsin family court system between July 2000 to September 2001, the authors examine child support orders to determine if they are consistent with the amounts set forth in the administrative rule that describes the percentage-expressed standard that should be used to set child support orders in Wisconsin. The authors find that in about 25 percent of the cases, the court has ordered child support but the court record does not include sufficient information to determine whether the order is consistent with Wisconsin’s guidelines.


Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Guidelines