How does Kansas Child Support Compare to Other States?

Below is a chart I created based on the state-by-state child suport comparison study conducted by Dr. Jane Venohr with the Center for Policy Research.  Dr. Venohr's data was published in a JAAML article, as referenced in the chart.  I plotted the data against a regression curve to illustrate the general trend.  From that trend, we can see that KS sets itself apart as one of the highest child support states in terms of its comparison to its peers.  At 28% above the regression line, KS earns the bronze for the 3rd highest child support amount!

The below case is based on a 2-child family at median income levels.  This would be a very common scenario for Kansas families.  For many years parents and practitioners have been assured by the child support committee that Kansas is one of the lowest paying states.  At least for this particular comparison, the opposite is actually true.  When this data was published, some committee members remarked that they actually want Kansas to be one of the highest child support states.  It's unclear if the message should be interpreted as high child support = better for Kansas families or not.  But, the fact still remains that Kansas uses a unique economic model that is not used by other states and dozens of other economists around the country.  The data seems to show a significant difference as well.

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