April 2018 | No. 2016-CA-01393-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 2018)

Harden v. Scarborough (Mississippi 2018)

A child support calculation should reflect the amount of income a parent is actually earning. It shouldn’t be based on a speculated decrease in income. A temporary order set child support for the father based on his income as a teacher and a coach. By the time of trial, the father had resigned his coaching position, and he submitted a new a financial statement that reflected the loss of his income from coaching. The trial court continued the temporary support amount, and the father appealed. The Court of Appeals upheld the support amount. The father couldn’t testify to his new income amount or how the reduced income would change his itemized deductions such as taxes. The Court declined to address whether the voluntary resignation should result in imputing income to the father.

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