Among the revisions to the Kansas Child Support Guidelines (Admin Order 216) being considered by the Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee is a surcharge on the basic child support amount where parents share time equally (but not third-party expenses for such items as clothing, education and activities). The surcharge would range from 13% to 18% of the basic child support amount on Line D3 of the child support worksheet, and would be paid to the party designated by the court to receive child support and pay the child’s expenses. The surcharge would replace the mandatory 20% credit of Line F3 presently available where parties share time equally, but have no court-approved expense sharing agreement.
Also being considered are:
- increases in basic child support ranging up to 16.7%,
- new provisions addressing lack of income due to termination of employment for “misconduct,”
- adding “extraordinary expenses” (for such items as the cost of private school, premier sports, instruction or performance related expenses in the arts) to the special needs adjustment, and
- the assessment of sanctions for a party’s failure to notify the other parent of a material change of circumstances, in the form of a credit or additional child support equal to “the dollar value of a party’s failure to disclose.”
It is anticipated that the new Guidelines would be effective January 1, 2012.
The Court is seeking comment from the Bar and the public until October 24, 2011 at the Court’s website http://www.kscourts.org in a survey found under “New Website Additions.”