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M.S. v. O.S., D053996

In a paternity action, trial court order requiring defendant to pay child support is reversed and remanded where: 1) the court did not abuse its discretion in including his speculative bonus income in his gross annual income for purposes of calculating child support; and 2) the court abused its discretion by including his Indian tribe's payment of his attorney fees in his gross annual income under Family Code sec. 4058 (a) for purposes of the guideline support calculation, as the payments go directly to his attorneys and are not part of his income or cash flow available for child support, and thus may be considered only under Family Code sec. 4057 as a circumstance potentially warranting an upward departure from the guideline amount.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/07/2009
  • Published 08/07/2009




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Matthew M. Kremer and Stephen Temko, San Diego, for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • M.S., in pro. per., for Respondent.
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