Enforcement Fee Update

Enforcement FeeTwo items of interest regarding enforcement fees (the fee added to child support to partially fund the operations of the Kansas Payment Center and collection agencies like the District Court Trustee):

1) In Johnson County, Kansas (the state’s 10th Judicial District), the enforcement fee will change on February 1, 2014, increasing to 2.5% of the child support payable (with a “cap” of $30), replacing the current 2.0% with a cap of $10.00, which has been in effect for a number of years.

2) The Bradley Software Calculator applies the enforcement fee percentage (where a percentage is the basis for assessing the enforcement fee) to the amount shown on Line F.4 of the child support worksheet. That amount includes any adjustment for the Equal Parenting Time calculation as well as any adjustment based on who pays a child’s “direct expenses.”

To update your enforcement fee settings,

1) start the Bradley Child Support Calculator,

2) open the “Options” menu item,

3) modify the enforcement fee settings,

4) save your work, and

5) immediately save your file as “default.ks8” so that it will open each time you start the program.

If you practice in more than one county, and have to apply different enforcement fee criteria in each county or judicial district, you can save the default.ks8 file for each county or district under a separate name (e.g. “Bourbon.ks8, Crawford.ks8, Miami.ks8” and so forth). Then you can open the appropriate default file to prepare worksheets for the particular county in which the case is pending, and avoid having to repeatedly edit the Options settings.

About Brad Short

CEO : Bradley Software; Of Counsel at Short, Borth & Thilges, Attorneys at Law, LLC, Overland Park, Kansas. Born Birmingham, Alabama, December 27, 1941; admitted to bar,1966, Kansas and U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1976, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Colorado (B.A., 1963; J.D., 1966). Contributing Author, Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family Law, Kansas Bar Association, 1997. Listed in: The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, every year from 1987 through 2013. Member, Technology Advisory Committee, Kansas Judicial Council, 1991-1998. Member: Bourbon County, 1966-1977 (President, 1970-1971), Johnson County (Member: Ethics and Grievance Committee, 1984-1998; Family Law Bench/Bar Committee, 1984-), Kansas and American (Vice-Chair, Solo Practitioners and Small Firms Committee, Economics of Law Practice Section, 1984-1985) Bar Associations; Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1974-1984 (State Treasurer, 1975-76; Member, Board of Governors, 1974-1984). Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994-2013 . Practice areas: Family Law.
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