If the court feels that the amount of income a parent claims they earn is not a fair reflection of his or her actual income, the court may attribute (impute) income to that person. If the court imputes income to someone, this means that they can set the child support amount based on what the person should be earning (their imputed income), as opposed to what they actually are earning, or are claiming to be earning. The circumstances where the court may impute income include:
If you think that your situation might require having a judge impute income to the other party, you should speak with a lawyer for advice. The court cannot search for evidence for you – you must figure out a way to show the court why the other party should have income imputed to them.
What is ‘imputed’ income?