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Man appeals decision to allow perks in child support calculation

In order to determine the amount of child support a parent is required to pay in Texas, the state legislature has established guidelines to follow. These guidelines set forth a percentage of a parent’s average net monthly resources, taking into consideration the number of children for whom the person is responsible.

This seems like a pretty straightforward set of guidelines, but there can be confusion surrounding certain aspects. One of these involves company-paid perks and benefits. A father that does not want his perks included in his child support calculation has taken his case to the Ohio Supreme Court. He argues that the perks he receives, including college football season tickets and a Lexus, should not be included. One of the Ohio Supreme Court justices estimated that the man receives about $16,000 in free stuff from his company.

The man has two children for whom he currently pays $2,198 a month in child support. He is the president of a massage therapy school and was making $143,000 a year before he claimed that his salary was cut in half due to declining enrollment in 2010. At that time he requested that his child support payment be lowered, a request that was denied by a county court and district court of appeals.

The mother of the man’s two children has retained a lawyer in order to fight for her rights to a fair child support amount. Her attorney said that state law mandates that things like perks and benefits be included in gross income which is used to calculate child support. 

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, “Dad doesn’t want his perks to count in calculating child support,” Catherine Candisky, June 12, 2013

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