(1) Child support is based on a worksheet and uses gross income. There is no worksheet, calculator, or formula for alimony. Alimony is based on 16 factors and if settling out of court, it is usually highly negotiable. The alimony calculator on our website is merely an illustration of what other jurisdictions do that have specific alimony formulas.
When negotiating alimony, use your net income. A good starting point is to subtract child support from the net monthly income and see what is left. The payor of child support is entitled to have enough available income to this reasonable needs and living expenses. Both parties completing financial affidavits can be helpful to see the dependent spouse’s need for alimony and the supporting spouse’s ability to pay alimony.
(2) Bonuses can be included in the annual gross income and divided by 12 to get the monthly gross income. If this presents a major cash flow problem for the payor, then bonuses can be paid as a percentage. For child support, typically this percentage is equal to the same percentage that the monthly child support obligation is to the monthly gross income. For example, if the payor’s child support obligation is $1,000/mo. and the payor’s monthly gross income is $10,000, then the payor would pay 10% of his/her bonus to the other parent.
Stocks vesting are typically handled by paying a percentage to the recipient.
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