CHILD SUPPORT ANALYSIS AND EXPERT TESTIMONY

Child support economic issues vary by case and Rogers Economics has experience in a wide range of types of cases.

Mark Rogers has testified in cases nationally and more than a dozen states including Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Rogers has consulted on child cost issues for clients in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Rogers has assisted both custodial and noncustodial parents. Click here for his CV as related to child support analysis.

General Facets of Analysis

Every case is different but many facets of economic analysis are typically needed for all cases. These include:

  • Pulling together initial information on the case to help form the "big picture" for the client, and attorney, and the expert witness. This is the start of forming a strategy for court
  • Assisting with completion of standard financial documents such as financial affidavits and child support worksheets. Rogers gives extra attention to helping ensure consistency between various financial documents submitted to opposing counsel and the court.
  • Reviewing case facts to see if "deviations" from the presumptive award are appropriate-including for either custodial parent or noncustodial parent clients.
  • Developing economic exhibits to support arguments for deviations from the presumptive award.
  • Reviewing past case files for legal arguments and briefs that may be of use to the current client's attorney to bolster the case.
  • Reviewing opposing party documents to provide potential insight for arguments or critique by client's attorney.

Presumptive Awards and Deviation Awards

All states are required by federal regulations (to obtain monies from federal child support programs) to have presumptive but rebuttable child support guidelines. Presumptive awards are based on state formulas as a required starting point for a court award on child support for a given case. However, each party can argue for a rebuttal or deviation award based on each case's specific circumstances.

Click here for a memo on rebuttal and deviation awards and how these issues can affect your case.

Assistance with Child Support Worksheets and Financial Affidavits

Georgia and other states require the filing with the court of child support worksheet and financial affidavits. Rogers Economics can expedite completion of these documents based on streamlined and informative procedures. Emphasis is given to documenting the basis for input into these documents for use in court when explaining the basis for the worksheet and/or financial affidavit. Either individual clients or attorneys can benefit from these affordable services.