January 2018 | No.M2016-01370-COA-R3-JV (Tenn. Ct. App. 2018)

In re Joel B. (Tennessee 2018)

It is appropriate to impute a parent to a higher income for child support when the parent voluntarily takes a lower paying job. The mother, an attorney, appealed the lower court’s order imputing a higher income to her. Mother practiced immigration law Tennessee, but then moved to California where she worked as a paralegal, earning significantly less. The appellate court upheld the lower court’s income determination. The mother chose to work as a paralegal and managed to take several vacations on her reduced income.

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