What does it mean to impute income?

Imputing income is a simple way of saying the court uses a number for your child support income that is actually higher than the income you take home on your paycheck. Income is usually imputed for a couple of reasons. 1) Either the court finds a person is underemployed or unemployed when they could have more gainful employment, 2) or the person is receiving in kind benefits. In kind benefits are discussed in another video on our website if you want more information on that. Another way to think of imputing income is to think of the income used on the child support guidelines as more than what the person actually makes. If you have any questions about imputing income, you should talk to your attorney.

-Answered by Jaimie Cairns of Cairns & Rabiola

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