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Old 09-07-2008, 08:00 PM
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Default Previous Quality of Life and current SS

Does anyone know if court ever takes into consideration previous quality of life while calculating amount of spousal support?

During my life with my EX I had very low to nothing and moderate incomes like follows:

1988 - 0
1989 - 0
1990 - 0
1991 - 10k
1992 - 10k
1993 - 10k
1994 - 20K
1995 - 20K (separation)
1996 - 10k
1997 - 10K (divorce)
1998 - 60K (cohabiating) out of the country
1999 - 84K (split) out of the country
2000 - 64K (split/cohabiting) out of the country
2001 - 75K (cohabiting) out of the country
2002 - 70K (cohabiting) out of the country
2003 - 4K (split) out of the country
2004 - 4K (split) out of the country
2005 - 4K (split) out of the country
2006 - 14K (new family) SS application
2007 - 77K (new family)

I got sued for SS when I started making somewhat income. How does court look at previous quality of life when determine SS?

If someone had similar situations or have some experience please comment, how judges look at it and make decisions.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:50 AM
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Generally the court takes into account any CS that is paid, and received plus any tax benefits, then they look at your means to pay plus her financial need.

Once they determine that SS is indeed warranted, then they will average the last three years of your tax return, notice of assessments seeing as you income has changed so significantly. Sometimes they only use the last years returns if the new employment is permanent and there is no foreseeable chance that it will change. But generally they use the average of the last three years.
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