September 2016 | 790 S.E.2d 690 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016)

Lueallen v. Lueallen (North Carolina 2016)

When establishing a child support obligation, income can be imputed to a parent who is found to be voluntarily unemployed and motivated by a desired to avoid their reasonable support obligation. Evidence must support the intent to avoid the support obligation. The appellate court in this case found that income had properly been imputed to the mother. The evidence that supported this finding included mother’s failure to apply for jobs in the local community in the past three years, her leaving a job without having another job lined up, and her refusal to seek or accept gainful employment.

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