Are you one of the many whose former or current spouse quit their job in an effort to avoid paying child support or alimony? Did your spouse take a lower paying job, solely to avoid paying you the amounts that you are entitled to collect?
Unfortunately, these types of underhanded tactics are very common in divorce cases. While at first glance it may appear that your future is grim, and that little or no help is coming from your “deadbeat” spouse. While this is frustrating and even scary, don’t worry.
The Utah Courts have provided a way for you to show that your spouse is voluntarily underemployed or unemployed. The Judge will allow you to show that your spouse could make more income, should be making more income, and/or quit their job to avoid paying child support or alimony. If you can show any of these things, the Judge may “Impute” income to your spouse. What this means is that the Judge decides exactly what amount per month the Judge thinks that your spouse could or should be making and the Judge will use this amount to calculate child support and alimony. Child support and, in some case, alimony will then be based off this higher, “imputed” amount.
If you have questions this or any other divorce, child support or alimony issues, please contact the attorneys at Larreau & Lythgoe’s Mountain View Law Group at (801) 393-5555 for a case evaluation and consultation today.