Child support is a critical financial obligation that non-custodial parents must fulfill to ensure their children’s well-being. However, calculating child support when the non-custodial parent is working under the table can be challenging. In such cases, the custodial parent may need the assistance of an attorney to calculate the non-custodial parent’s income and ensure fair child support payments. Here are some methods that an attorney can use to help the custodial parent determine the non-custodial parent’s income when they are working under the table.
Methods for calculating non-custodial parent’s income
- Request financial documents: An attorney can help the custodial parent request financial documents such as bank statements, invoices, and receipts from the non-custodial parent to gain insight into their income and expenses. If the non-custodial parent has filed taxes in the past, their tax returns can be used as evidence of their previous income.
- Consider education level and work experience: An attorney can also help the custodial parent take into account the non-custodial parent’s education level and work experience to estimate their potential earnings. For example, if the non-custodial parent has a college degree in a specific field, their potential earnings can be estimated based on the average salary for that occupation.
- Investigate similar businesses: If the non-custodial parent owns a business, an attorney can help the custodial parent submit evidence that other similar businesses in the same industry make a certain income range. This can help estimate the non-custodial parent’s potential earnings.
- Review lifestyle: An attorney can also help the custodial parent review the non-custodial parent’s lifestyle, including their assets and expenses, to estimate their income level. If the non-custodial parent owns expensive assets such as cars or properties, it may indicate that they have a higher income than what they are reporting.
Calculating child support when the non-custodial parent is working under the table can be challenging, but it’s essential to ensure fair and accurate payments for the child’s well-being. An attorney can help the custodial parent use several methods to estimate the non-custodial parent’s income, including requesting financial documents, considering their education level and work experience, investigating similar businesses, and reviewing their lifestyle.
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