If a party receives in kind benefits, such as free rent, is that included in child support?

Yes. In kind benefits are included for child support purposes when you calculate someones income. In kind benefits are benefits that a person receives that they would ordinarily have to pay. For example, a common in kind benefit is rent. If a party is living with their parents, for example, and they aren’t paying rent, then the court can impute income to them based on what they would pay in rent if they didn’t live with their parents. In other words, imputing income can raise a persons income level for the purposes of child support.

– Answered by Jaimie Cairns of Cairns & Rabiola

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