In Michigan, the following is defined as income:(1) Wages, overtime pay, commissions, bonuses, or other monies from all employers
or as a result of any employment (usually, as reported in the Medicare, wages, and
tips section of the parent’s W-2).
(2) Earnings generated from a business, partnership, contract,self-employment, or
other similar arrangement, or from rentals. §2.01(E).
(a) Income (or losses) from a corporation should be carefully examined to
determine the extent to which they were historically passed on to the parent
or used merely as a tax strategy.
(3) Distributed profits or payments from profit-sharing, a pension or retirement, an
insurance contract, an annuity, trust fund, deferred compensation, retirement
account, social security, unemployment compensation, supplemental
unemployment benefits, disability insurance or benefits, or worker’s
(a) Consider insurance or other similar payments received as compensation for
lost earnings, but do not count payments that compensate for actual medical
bills or for property loss or damage.
(b) If a retired parent receives paymentsfrom an IRA, defined contribution, or
deferred compensation plan, income does not include contributions to that
account that were previously considered as the parent’s income used to
calculate an earlier child support obligation for a child in this case.
(4) Military specialty pay, allowance for quarters and rations, BAH-II, veterans’
administration benefits, G.I. benefits (other than education allotment), or drill pay.
(5) Tips, gratuities, royalties, interest, dividends, fees, or gambling or lottery winnings
to the extent that they represent regular income or may be used to generate regular
(6) Capital gains to the extent that they result from recurring transactions; or if the
capital gains are attributable to a single event or year, or when cash may not beimmediately available to the parent, consider them to the extent they can be used
to represent income over several years.
(7) The standard (basic needs) portion of adoption subsidiesfor children in the case
under consideration (do not consider the medical needs and intensive rate portion
of the subsidy, nor the family support subsidy asincome).
(8) Employer contributions to pension or other retirement plans, or individual
contributions to qualified private retirement plans.
(9) Any money or income due or owed by another individual, source of income,
government, or other legal entity. Income considered should usually meet the
statutory definition found at MCL 552.602(m).
As you can see, it is very inclusive. The fact that this was a payout and not normal salary does not matter - it is included per the definition if it is derived from employment. Ergo, it would count, I am afraid. I am sorry.
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