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Bonus Can Be Included In Gross Income For Child Support And Alimony Purposes

March 29, 2016 by  
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In McGlynn v. Tallman-McGlynn, the Fourth District Court of Appeals for the State of Florida ruled that the trial court had not erred when it included the Husband’s annual bonus in his gross income for child support and alimony calculation purposes.  The Husband had included his bonus in his financial affidavit, admitted it into evidence, and had not presented any evidence that he had not regularly received a yearly bonus since separation or was not expected to receive one in the future.

Florida family law has a broad definition of what constitutes income for child support and alimony purposes.  Items can be included or excluded depending upon what evidence is presented to the court.  For instance, a bonus might not have been included in income if evidence was introduced to establish that the bonus was not regular or certain such that to include it in income would be speculative.  It is important you work with an attorney to make sure that the right evidence is submitted to the court in your case.

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