The new Guidelines change the Equal Parenting Time formula, and abolish the mandatory 20% parenting time adjustment for equal time sharing without expense sharing (substituting a surcharge of 13% to18% for the non-expense sharing equal time parent). The new Guidelines also implement new support schedules (which generally increase support levels), and reject both termination of employment for misconduct and incarceration as grounds for modification of child support.
In other changes, the new Guidelines create a standard for the apportionment of birth expenses (setting a discretionary cap of 5% of a parent’s gross annual income); add “extraordinary expenses” like private school, premier sports, and instruction in the arts as “special needs” expenses which can be apportioned between the parents as additional child support.
On the enforcement side, the new Guidelines empower the Court to assess financial penalties against a parent who fails to voluntarily disclose a material change in financial circumstances (including income, work-related child care costs, and health insurance premiums).
Bradley Software customers who have subscribed to our 2012 Kansas Family Law Suite (which includes our Kansas Child Support Calculator) will receive updated software fully complying with the new Administrative order later this spring at no cost.