EFFECTIVE JULY 1ST - Changes to Child Support Guidelines
Every four (4) years, the federal government requires each state and U.S. territory to perform a review of the Presumptive Child Support Guidelines found in Wyo. Stat. § 20-2-304. In Wyoming, that responsibility falls on the Department of Family Services (DFS) pursuant to Wyo. Stat. § 20-2-306. Specifically, the duty falls upon the Child Support Enforcement Division of DFS. The Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) completed that quadrennial review in 2012.
CSED entered into a contract with the Center for Policy and Research (CPR) located in Denver, Colorado, for the review of our Wyoming Guidelines. Dr. Jane Venohr of CPR performed the review according to national economic standards and the cost of raising children. Dr. Venohr then made her recommendations to DFS and DFS took those recommendations to the Wyoming Legislature.
In the 2013 Legislative session, House Bill No. HB0020 was passed, and now our Wyoming Presumed Child Support Guidelines will change slightly on July 1, 2013. The Guidelines will not change much, but the small changes are important to the goal of the CSED, and the national Child Support Enforcement program, to have right-sized orders for our child support obligors and also match the needs of our obligees.
In general, the presumed child support amount for lower-income obligors will be reduced by a small percentage, and the presumed child support amount for higher-income obligors will increase slightly. The new guidelines should help match the order amount to the financial needs and abilities of our parents, and provide our children with the same financial lifestyle they would have if their parents had not divorced or had been married.
Please take a look at the new guidelines when they become effective on July 1, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Lyttle, Senior Administrator at the Department of Family Services, at (307) 777-6068.