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My ex-spouse is an independent contractor and averages about 10 hours/week of billable work as a government/corporate proposal writer. She is a contractor by choice and there is nothing preventing her from finding work as a full-time salaried W-2 employee. She is a college graduate with a certificate in proposal writing - with 2 years of recent part-time work experience in this area. All of my children are in grade school - kindergarten and higher.
I intend on modifying my child support agreement by asking the court to impute a full-time wage based on her education and experience. My questions:
- Does my ex have a legal responsibility to commit a full-time wage to the child support worksheet? If no, why not and under what circumstances?
- What will the courts typically do after the first hearing? Will they give my ex a fixed time to find full time work and rehear the case after, for example, a 6 month waiting period?