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20-165. Rules establishing child support guidelines. (a) The supreme court shall adopt rules establishing guidelines for the amount of child support to be ordered in any action in this state including, but not limited to, K.S.A. 39-755 and K.S.A. 23-2215, and amendments thereto, article 30 of chapter 23 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, and K.S.A. 23-2711, and amendments thereto.

(b) In adopting such rules, the court shall consider all relevant factors, including, but not limited to:

(1) The needs of the child;

(2) the standards of living and circumstances of the parents;

(3) the relative financial means of the parents;

(4) the earning ability of the parents;

(5) the need and capacity of the child for education;

(6) the age of the child;

(7) the financial resources and earning ability of the child;

(8) the responsibility of the parents for the support of others; and

(9) the value of services contributed by both parents.

History: L. 1986, ch. 219, § 2; L. 1992, ch. 312, § 1; L. 2011, ch. 26, § 39; L. 2012, ch. 162, § 29; L. 2014, ch. 116, § 1; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Kansas Child Support Guidelines: An Elusive Search for Fairness in Support Orders," Linda Henry Elrod, 27 W.L.J. 104, 113, 125 (1987).

"Child Support Modifications Under Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 59: Has Anything Really Changed?" Michael W. Laster, 11 J.K.T.L.A. No. 2, 13 (1987).

Attorney General's Opinions:

KPERS; Kansas police and firemen's retirement system; disability benefits; procedures and reports; conservators. 92-128.

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Child support guidelines adopted in compliance hereunder apply to child support orders governed by Kansas parentage act (K.S.A. 38-1110 et seq.). State ex rel. Dix v. Plank, 14 Kan. App. 2d 12, 14, 780 P.2d 171 (1989).

2. Incarceration in correctional facility not legal justification for suspension or modification of child support obligation under guidelines. Rupp v. Grubb, 265 Kan. 711, 712, 962 P.2d 1074 (1998); In re Marriage of Thurmond, 265 Kan. 715, 716, 962 P.2d 1064 (1998).

3. Increase in monthly child support considered to be related to mother's living expenses not approved. Skillet v. Sierra, 30 Kan. App. 2d 1041, 53 P.3d 1234 (2002).


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