- Used by researchers at the University of Wisconsin to refer to the idea that child should continue to receive the same financial support after divorce as they received while their parents were living together (intact).
- It was one of the objectives of the 1984-1987 Child Support Guidelines Project Advisory Panel. However, there is no requirement to use it.
- Two guideline models use it: Income Shares and Percentage-of-Obligator Income.
- It has the following characteristics:
1. Low-income families
2. Non-custodial Parent has no contact
3. Ignore effects of two households
4. Ignore children tax credits
5. Ignore effects of taxes
6. Ignore age of children
7. Ignore support available to women
8. Ignore previous awards
9. Ignore additional children with other parents
10. Ignore savings
- The Continuity of Expenditures principle is not based on sound economic principles.
- It feels like it was created by some people with a particular perspective and not a diverse one.