The Cost Shares Child Support Guideline—A Common


February 7, 2001


A Response to and Critique of

“Economic Basis for Updated Child Support

Schedule, Commonwealth of Kentucky,

September 1, 2000″ by

Policy Studies, Incorporated,

Denver, CO


Submitted to:

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Cabinet for Families and Children

Department for Community Based Services

Division of Child Support

P.O. Box 2150

Frankfort, KY 40602


Neither the current version of the income shares child support guideline in use in Kentucky nor

the version proposed by Policy Studies, Incorporated has a sound economic foundation. Neither

guideline meets equal protection standards. As an alternative, a cost shares child support

guideline has been developed that has a more sound and rational economic basis and meets equal

protection standards. Importantly, the cost shares methodology closely tracks the historical

practices of family court judges in the determination of child support awards. Close review of

the methodology should lead to rapid acceptance by the judiciary—especially given the sound,

historical basis for this guideline.

The study, in PDF form, is here:


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