Overtime Doesn’t Count
Another misconception about child support issues is whether income from overtime counts for purposes of calculating child support obligations. Unfortunately here, the answer is, “maybe”. Depending on the nature of your overtime, this additional income may or may not be included for purposes of child support calculations. The difference here is whether such overtime is mandatory.
For example, if your employment is conditioned upon you working overtime, your overtime hours will be counted. On the other hand, if you’re not required to work overtime as part of your employment, any elective overtime will not necessarily count towards a child support calculation.
Moonlighting Is Included. Right?
A complaint we typically hear from the parent receiving child support is something along the lines of, “My ex does ____ in addition to their job and I want more child support.” Whether additional income received from additional employment will be included is again dependent on the nature of the additional income. If the ex is working two part-time jobs, maybe the income from both jobs will be included. However, if your ex is working 40 hours a week, or is otherwise employed full-time, and they happen to work some odd jobs on the side, the amounts from the additional employees are not likely to be included.