Thank you for your question.
Normally if there is no income that is earned by a parent with a child support obligation, the court will "impute income".
Basically the court will look to see what the parent is able to make, based on the person's education/skill/work experience and based on the local market. The court will generally only impute income if the court believes that the parent is un/under employed, as it is a strategy to encourage a parent to find gainful employment.
If the parent is located in an area with high unemployment and is making a good faith effort to secure work and is unable to do so, then generally the court will not impute income.
If they do impute income, they will try and determine what the parent should be making-based on their skills, etc.
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