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Imputation and other methods to ensure that child support is paid

Unfortunately, not all parents do their best to provide for their children. In particularly acrimonious divorces, some parents try to hide income or even voluntarily quit their jobs in an attempt to reduce their child support obligation. When a parent intentionally takes a pay cut or quits a job to lessen monthly child support payments, it may be possible to attribute additional income to the parent in order to raise the payments to the appropriate level.

Likewise, when a parent responsible for paying child support tries to hide income, a thorough investigation by a divorce attorney can ensure that the hidden income doesn't go unaccounted for.

In addition to a paying parent's wages or salaries, the following may be included in Texas child support calculations:

  • Trust income
  • Retirement benefits
  • Capital gains
  • Annuities
  • Commissions on sales
  • Severance pay
  • Social Security benefits
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Tips

The list doesn't end there. When a parent voluntarily quits a job to avoid paying child support, the income that he or she would have made may be imputed -- or attributed -- to the parent's total income to arrive at an appropriate child support schedule.

When emotions run high in a divorce, some people turn to deception, even to the detriment of the children. Kids of parents going through divorce never asked for these difficult times. Attorneys at Gunnstaks Law Office fight to protect the best interests of children caught in the midst of divorce. In addition to enforcement of child custody and child support orders, we work to reach modifications of court orders to help ensure that children grow up happily and healthily.

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