Can the Court Consider Account Assets or Other Assets in Determining Child Support?

The court can look at any asset which is available and which can potentially generate income for child support. The South Carolina Child Support Guidelines give this example: the court may determine the reasonable earning potential of any asset at its fair market value and assess against it the current treasury bill interest rate or some other similar appropriate method of computing income. In other words. If someone has $100,000.00 in a bank account earning .001% interest, the court could impute the current treasury bill interest rate to $100,000 for determining child support. The court can also look at an asset, such as a vacation home or idle land which is not being rented, and include such potential income for that property as well.

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