THE IMPUTATION OF INCOME AND ITS IMPACT UPON THE DEPENDENT SPOUSE – A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS FROM KHALAF TO THE PRESENT


BY: JERALYN L. LAWRENCE, ESQ. &
JOSEPH M. FREDA, III, ESQ.

 

I. INTRODUCTION
Due to the downturn in the economy1, many of our clients are faced not only
with the possibility of their own job loss but, in the case of a dependent spouse, also the
loss of income of the primary wage earner of the family. This can have a devastating
impact upon family dynamics, and can open up a multitude of issues, one of the most
important being the necessity of imputing income to one, or both, spouses. This article
will focus on the imputation of income to the dependent spouse, and whether trends in
current case law can be gleaned to ascertain and understand how Courts are treating
dependent spouses and whether they are being treated fairly.

 

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