Research

USM Participates in Quadrennial Review of Maine's Child Support Guidelines

A Cutler Institute project team, together with the Maine Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery, is working to conduct a federally mandated Quadrennial Review of Maine’s Child Support Guidelines.  Elements of the project include a literature review, reviewing and updating economic assumptions underpinning the guidelines, studying the frequency and reasons for deviations from the guidelines, seeking public input about the guidelines, analyzing the policies and procedures that implement the current guidelines, soliciting input from key stakeholders in Maine, and contacting people in other states regarding the guidelines.

This is the first time Cutler Institute staff, under the leadership of Sally Ward, has been involved in conducting this review. The team’s work will culminate in a published report that includes recommendations to Maine DHHS, Office for Family Independence, for updating the guidelines.

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To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.