||PREMISE: TIME EQUALS MONEY, PARTICULARLY WHEN TAXES ARE USED TO PAY THE WAGES OF STATE EMPLOYEES. If you do not agree, please read no further. If you agree that time equals money, continue reading. I propose the State provide on the CSED website (csed.mt.gov) mock examples of child support calculations with explanation of the most commonly used variables. I believe so strongly in this idea that I have spent hours of my personal time and prepared the mock examples and explanation that could be utilized at the CSED website. Packet is available in PDF. The cost-savings will come in the time-savings of caseworkers avoiding hearings that consume time in the preparation of exhibits to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and the actual hearing time involved for the caseworker and the ALJ. Guesstimate of minimum of 12 hearings/month/region = 48 hearings @ min of 1 hr of joint ALJ and caseworker time = 48 hrs @ approx combined pay rates of $45 = MIN $2,160 savings per month. I believe in transparency and remember that CSED is funded by taxpayers of MT ? CSED is not a ?free? service. I also believe that by providing access for the public to an explanation of the child support calculations, the public paying for this service will be better served, having an opportunity to be an active participant in the process for ACCURATELY calculating child support, and more willing payors. Caseworkers at CSED make decisions at every phase of the child support establishment and enforcement process based on information (or lack of) provided by the parents, intentionally or unintentionally. When the parents know what information is required, how it is utilized, each can then make sure that the information is supplied and then applied properly by the caseworker. Once the informative visual explanation is available, I contend there will be less instances of parents asking for hearings when, ?the numbers just don?t seem right,? or failing to ask for a hearing because of not knowing WHAT to dispute in the hearing request process, but then avoiding paying child support. Instead, s/he can simply point out to the caseworker the mistake or provide the information required for a revised calculation. Additionally, access to this information at the website will assist the caseworker in saving time by being able to direct a parent to the website, and then inviting the parent to return with concrete questions, instead of only an invite/challenge that the parent request a hearing. The fact is there is simply not enough time, especially with the influx of cases during this economy, to go over the extensive amount of information involved in the calculation in each case. In situations where a parent does not have access to the internet, then a packet could be mailed to the parent. The occasional use of the additional paper and expense of postage could still divert the higher expense of the far more valuable caseworker and ALJs time. Everyone wins: Service and Savings! Thank you!