California has statewide guidelines and Family Code sections that define gross income. California Family Code section 4058 considers gross income that from any source except for child support payments that are actually received or public assistance programs where the eligibility for program assistance is based on need. Some California appellate courts have determined that supplemental Social Security (SSI) benefits are also excluded from income because they are based on public assistance. In addition, some appellate courts have ruled spousal support payments between the same parents must also be excluded.
This article is not legal advice. You should not rely on it regarding your specific situation. Please seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney if you have questions about your situation. [Read more…]