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  • September 19th, 2023

Whose Income is the Amount of Child Support Based on, and What is Considered Income?

In determining the amount of child support, the income of both spouses is a crucial factor, and it encompasses various sources of income. Here are some examples of income that are considered when calculating child support:

  • Employment income, which includes salary, overtime wages, tips, commissions, and bonuses.
  • Unemployment compensation.
  • Disability benefits.
  • Business income.
  • Income received from trusts, estates, and royalties.
  • Alimony received.
  • Social security benefits.
  • Pension and annuity payments.
  • Net rental income.

In cases where one party is intentionally unemployed, underemployed, or not earning their full potential in an attempt to reduce child support payments, the court may impute income. This means that the court may calculate an appropriate income for that party as if they were working at their true capacity in order to determine the amount of child support owed. However, this imputation of income is typically employed when the reduction in hours or pay is within the control of the party, and it aims to prevent the paying party from concealing their true income to pay less child support.

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