Assigned an income


#1

My wife has been a stay at home mother. She has her bachelors degree but recently started certificate program, attending 3 days per week. Will she be assigned an income?


#2

I’m not quite sure what you are asking. Can you clarify?


#3

My wife has been working at home for the past 10 years. She has her Bachelors degree in finance but she decided to attend CC to receive a certificate in medical billing. She attends class four days per week from 9am to 2pm. For child support and or alimony purposes would she be assessed an income?


#4

A judge will impute income in child support cases where it is clear that one parent is intentionally unemployed or underemployed so as to reduce a child support obligation. You’d have to make the argument that she is intentionally underemployed for the purposes of altering the child support award.

With regard to alimony, a judge is going to look at several factors. The age, and relative skill of the party seeking alimony is certainly considered. The standard of living during the marriage is also a big factor. So if she worked the previous ten years, and then suddenly stopped, this evidence can be compelling to a judge in making an alimony award.