Sharon A. Santilli, Esq. RI Child Support Director
On August 17, 2017, Chief Judge of the Rhode Island Family Court Michael B. Forte signed Administrative Order 2017-01 entitled “Rhode Island Family Court Child Support Formula and Guidelines.” The administrative order amends the schedule and guidelines of Administrative Order 2012-03. The schedule became effective September 1, 2017. On January 31, 2018, Chief Judge Forte signed Administrative Order 2018-01 addressing the calculation of a child support order for shared placement of the child or children. On February 5, 2018, Chief Judge Forte signed Administrative Order 2018-02 amending Administrative Order 2017-01. This amendment was necessary because, subsequent to the publication of the Schedule of Basic Support Obligations, the Guideline Task Force became aware of an error within the schedule made by the company which prepared the schedule, the Center for Policy Research. Both the Schedule of Basic Support Obligations and Gross to Net Income Conversion Table provide calculations for parents having up to $35,000 in combined monthly income. Administrative Order 2018-02 also provides examples of the new child care calculation.
Purpose Of Administrative Orders
Pursuant to 45 CFR 302.56.3, states must review and, if appropriate, revise the child support guidelines at least once every four years to ensure that their application of the guideline results in the determination of appropriate child support award amounts. As part of that review, states must consider economic data on the cost of raising children in their state. To conduct that review and study, the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Support Services, hires a company to conduct an economic study in Rhode Island and to recommend appropriate guideline amounts for specific income levels. The past three studies have been conducted by the Center for Policy Research (CPR) which lends continuity to the study. CPR also issues a report to explain the economic study and resulting schedule. The study is available on the child support...