There are many different definitions of income that can be used in divorce and family law cases. Local law will play a big part in defining income, but in more complicated cases, other definitions may come into play. A forensic accountant can help the attorneys and the court understand the various types of income and why they should be included or excluded from income calculations.
The Internal Revenue Code is often a starting point for quantifying income in divorce cases. But experienced family lawyers know this is only the tip of the iceberg and doesn’t cover many of the unusual situations that could arise in cases with complicated financial scenarios.
In simpler cases, wage income and business income will be straightforward and will form the basis for calculating child support and spousal support. Undistributed income from a business venture may be an area of contention, but local laws often provide at least basic guidance on including such income in support calculations.