I received two settlement checks on 12/15 and 4/16. I filed for child support on 2/18.
Can domestic relations count that as income for me?
It could if the court decides that it warrants a deviation from the guidelines; for example, if the money is generating a steady income for you, such that you would have to report it on your tax returns. But, just like assets (a home, a car or savings) are not a part of your income, if you received a lump sum of, e.g. $50,000, it would not be considered your income. If you owed arrears on child support, your lawyer would have been obligated by law to pay the PA SCDU the amount you owed. This is not a car accident inquiry, this is a child support issue.
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