I want to say that someone told me that even if one of the parties is unemployed, or only working part time, he/she is required to put their net monthly income is $1200 on the child support guidelines worksheet, because this is the minimum allowed.
Child Custody Lawyer
Generally, if you are not making enough money, you can be imputed at minimum wage. You should consult a local attorney so he or she can give you a complete legal analysis of your situation.
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Family Law Attorney
For years the given was that if a parent is not working or working part time, the Court would automatically impute minimum wage to that parent (especially the custodial parent). This has changed significantly. While some Court's will still do this, especially with no fight from that party's attorney, the law has changed to where a Court cannot just impute minimum wage without a finding that the individual has the ability to make minimum wage, especially if the party not making minimum wage is a full or part time student or he/she is disabled or caring full time for a minor child.
Family law rules differ significantly in every state, especially procedural rules. Always seek the advice of an attorney in the state where your divorce was filed.
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