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Bel Air Divorce Lawyers Discuss Using Voluntary Impoverishment in a Divorce

Imagine you are in the midst of a divorce action, and when the time comes for the court to rule on child support, your spouse slouches into court with pockets turned inside out, pleading poverty. Poor spouse: No job, no prospects, no chance of contributing anything significant toward the support of those cherished children. Oh, poor, poor spouse. The thing is, you happen to know your spouse has an advanced degree, a successful previous work history, plenty of contacts and connections, and all the physical and mental health required to be gainfully employed.

Fear not: The ploy will probably not work.

The Court has been around the divorce block a few times, and knows all the tricks. This one is called voluntary impoverishment —  intentionally manipulating one’s situation to create the appearance of hardship, in order to avoid making child support or alimony payments. In making a determination of voluntary impoverishment, the Court will consider factors such as:

  • The parent’s educational level and prior work history
  • The time frame, relative to the divorce, in which the parent became unemployed
  • The amount of effort the parent has demonstrated toward finding employment
  • The job market in the area where the parent lives
  • The parent’s physical condition

Based on these and other factors, if the empty-handed parent is found to be bending the truth, the court may determine child support and/or alimony payments based on an assumed potential income. Chances are that will get your “poor” ex back on the road to riches in no time.

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