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If you are getting child support based on a low income job

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If you are getting child support based on a low income job 9 years ago, and X husband is self employed with a $400,000. house, BMW,2 Jeeps and a truck but claims he only pays himself $35,000. a year from the business. Doesn't add up to me. He is paying $420.00 a month for one child. Is child support based on what he takes as a salary or the gross of his company? Does one need a lawyer to fight for more child support?
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Child support is based on the individual payor's income rather than the company's income, although the two should coincide to some extent. When a person is self-employed and has all kinds of assets, but declares a low income, that certainly sounds alarm bells as far as child support is concerned. You may want to get a lawyer involved who can conduct discovery to get to the bottom of his income. He may very well be under-reporting his income, and an attorney can determine that by looking at his company's books as well as his income and spending habits.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

If one does not have the money for a lawyer can it be done thru the courts without one?

That is possible, yes. Self-represented parties have the same rights to discovery as attorneys do. However, an attorney is well-versed in what methods of discovery (i.e. subpoenas, depositions, demands for production of documents) will yield the most favorable results, and knows how to use these methods.
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