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Divorced Parents May See Child Support Rise

Divorced parents in Kansas would see child support payments rise under proposed changes being reviewed within the state court system.

An advisory committee appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court has proposed changes designed to reflect higher costs associated with caring for children since the last adjustments in 2008. The committee is taking public comments on its proposals until Oct. 24. The rise in support payments from current levels would vary by age, with the biggest increases proposed for children 6 through 11. Judges use the guidelines to determine how much a divorced, noncustodial parent should pay.

Revised guidelines would apply in new divorce cases or when a judge revises an existing child support order. The Supreme Court ultimately will decide what changes are made.

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