The Obligations of High-Income Parents

30 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2014 Last revised: 7 Apr 2015

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Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: March 24, 2014


The Child Support Guidelines, incentivized by federal law, provide rebuttable guidance for setting child support awards, except in low- and high-income cases. This article focuses on the latter, as states continue to grapple with the question of whether the child should receive a proportion of the noncustodial parent’s income regardless of its amount, or whether there should be another limit. This article traces the narrative of child support obligations in high-income cases by considering the development of the economic aspect to the parent-child relationship, as well as the purpose and nature of the child support system. The resulting insights are especially useful for states seeking consistency in child support award decisions.

Keywords: family law, domestic relations, child support, high-income

Suggested Citation

Ryznar, Margaret, The Obligations of High-Income Parents (March 24, 2014). Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 481-509, 2014. Available at SSRN: or

Margaret Ryznar (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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