What the lawyer is talking about is a term called, "imputing potential income." This is a legal argument that says support should be calculated based on a number that you "could" earn. If there is truly no way of you every earning that type of income again, then that is something that you have to show so that a lower income could be used. You should talk to an attorney about this, because the difference could essentially cover what you have to pay to have an attorney.Ask a similar question
As noted by other counsel, the courts have the right to impute income based upon your ability or petenial and often use income earned in the past as a benchmark. However, you do have the right to show that you could no longer earn that amount or agree with your ex on a smaller amount.
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