Do monthly annuity payments constitute income for calculating child support?
Posted By Family Law Attorney
*IF AUDIO STOPS PLEASE CLICK ON THE TIMELINE TO CORRECT THE ISSUE* On occasion California courts have to struggle with the issue of what constitutes income for the purpose of calculating child support. In a recent California decision entitled "Marriage of Rothrock," the court of appeal had to determine whether or not an uncharacterized personal injury settlement award that was paid into an annuity, constituted income for the purpose of calculating child support. In rendering its' decision, the court of appeal relied on the common law definition of income as well as a federal statute in determining that the monthly annuity did not constitute income. The court's use of the common law definition was somewhat new, in comparison to recent cases where the same issue presented itself. For a more detailed analysis of the court's decision, click onto the above presentation.