By Anthony C. Adamopoulos, Divorce Mediator and Collaborative Divorce Attorney
Imputed and attributed income are distinguished in the Child Support Guidelines, 2018.
Imputed income is income that is not reported on a parent’s Financial Statement but is nevertheless being received by or available to the parent. One appellate court decision has said: A judge may “reasonably impute income to [a] parent” who receives “[e]xpense reimbursements, in-kind payments or benefits received by a parent, personal use of business property, and payment of personal expenses by a business in the course of employment, self-employment, or operation of a business . . . if such payments are significant and reduce personal living expenses.”
Attributable income is “[i]ncome …[assigned] to a parent when the Court determines a parent is capable of earning more than is currently being earned and assigns a hypothetical amount of income to the parent.” If a judge finds that a parent is unreasonably underemployed or unemployed, the judge may assign attributable income to that parent.
Anthony is available to discuss and explain Collaborative Divorce & Divorce Mediation to private and public groups. Call for more information.
ANTHONY C. ADAMOPOULOS’ DIVORCE MEDIATION &
DIVORCE RESOLUTION SERVICES