The court may impute income to a voluntarily under or unemployed individual for child support purposes. In your case it would appear that the court imputed a minimum wage to you based upon a 40 hour work week.
Daniel Bachert, Esq.
The Bachert Law Firm, P.A.
330 Clematis Street, Suite 222
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
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For the purposes of determining a child support obligation, the court is going to impute, at a minimum, minimum wage income to a potential child support obligor even in a situation where that person is unemployed.
Based on the numbers that you provided, it appears that minimum wage has been imputed to you in the calculation of child support. The court has the discretion to do so, assuming that you are able-bodied and otherwise able to work (i.e. not here on a visa).
If you believe there was an error, you should immediately consult with an attorney, since there may be as few as 10 days from the date that an order was entered to ask for a rehearing.
Nothing in this post should be considered as specific legal advice, since the attorney has not been made aware of all of the facts and has not reviewed the pertinent documents. Further, this post is for informational and educational purposes and does not establish a lawyer-client relationship.
Eileen D. Jacobs, Esq.
Office: 2505 W. Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
Mailing: P.O. Box 14953
Clearwater, Florida 33766-4953
Sounds like minimum wage for 40 hours a week was imputed to you. You are responsible for child support whether you work or not because it is your children's right to receive child support. The states imputes income because you are ABLE to work even if you are not actually currently working. The children still need to be cared for. They still need food and water and electricity, ect...
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