Issue: Under Florida law, can gifts received from husband’s parents which were used to maintain the family’s standard of living be imputed to husband as income for the purposes of calculating child support and alimony?
Area of Law:
Income; Calculating child support and alimony; Gifts
Florida case law supports the proposition that gifts made to either party in a divorce can be used in calculating the income attributable to that party for the purposes of determining alimony and child support. SeeOrdini v. Ordini, 701 So. 2d 663 (Fla. App. 4 Dist. 1997); Uthe v. Uthe (Fla. App. 4 Dist. May 27, 1998). However, case law strongly suggests that such gifts should only be included if they are likely to continue into the future. Ordini, 701 So. 2d at 664-66; Uthe, supra.
There are many cases in which gifts of cash and other items of value, made prior to and during the divorce proceedings, were included in the recipient’s income for calculating child support, alimony, or both. See, e.g., Garcia v. Garcia, 560 So. 2d 403, 404 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 1990) (husband received housing, car and other expenses through family business while wife received free housing from husband’s father); Cooper v. Kahn, 696 So. 2d 1186, 1188 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 1997) (wife’s mother paid wife’s rent, car expenses and other bills ); Ordini, 701 So. 2d 663; Uthesupra. There are also several cases in which gifts made in the past were not imputed as income. See, e.g., Bob v. Bob, 310 So. 2d 328 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 1975); Sol v. Sol, 656 So. 2d 206 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 1995); Shively v. […]
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