Florida courts may look at many forms of income when deciding how much support parents should have to pay for the benefit of their children. They may evaluate the parents’ salaries, bonuses, and benefits, as well as their income from investments, dividends, royalties, and pensions. These are only some of the ways individuals can collect money and, when it comes to supporting their children, Florida parents should expect to provide them with what they need.

In some cases, though, parents may struggle to earn money and may, therefore, be unable to provide for their children. In cases where parents are legitimately unemployed or underemployed, the courts do not penalize them for their hardships. However, when parents try to earn less than their potential income to avoid paying child support, the courts can impute income upon them and raise their obligations.

Imputed income in a child support case is the income a parent could earn if they were employed to their full capacity. Courts cannot arbitrarily assign imputed income to parents and must have evidence that the parents are trying to earn less than they can; however, imputed income can also be placed upon parents who do not fulfill the requirement of providing their courts with financial documents.

Children deserve to be supported by both of their parents, and, when parents do not have physical custody of their kids, they may be required to pay child support. If you need assistance with your child support case, it may be helpful to contact a family law attorney.