How will the amount of child support that I pay be affected by my bonus situation at work or any large amount of money that I were to win in the lottery or gambling?

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How will the amount of child support that I pay be affected by my bonus situation at work or any large amount of money that I were to win in the lottery or gambling?

My bonus is not guranteed. Can my child’s mother somehow get an increase because of this?

Asked on December 7, 2012 under Family Law, California

Answers:

Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In short, maybe.  Bonus income is income.  However, you can argue that it is not consistent and shouldn't be part of the order since it was a "one-time" deal.  I've seen it come out both ways.

As far as lottery winnings or gambling earnings--yes this is income.  I hope that you have the problem of having to pay child support on lottery winnings. 

Best of luck.


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