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What qualifies as a "household member" for NYS Financial Disclosure Affidavit? Child support question...

Ridgefield, CT |

I was recently laid off and am currently petitioning to modify my child support payment to my ex in NYS. I live with my fiancee in CT. Do I need to report her income on the financial affidavit? We currently split out household expenses, etc.

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Domestic Relations Law 240 governs this issue. The definitional section "Income" provides:
(iv) at the discretion of the court, the court may attribute or impute income from, such other resources as may be available to the parent, including, but not limited to: . . .(D) money, goods, or services provided by relatives and friends. Arguable on the statement of net worth. Given that the statute talks about a finding made the judge, this would suggest a hearing, and of course your fiance's "contributions" being subject to disclosure through her deposition. Having recently litigated such a case in Westchester County much depends on how sharp and how dogged opposing counsel is.