What is a Snapshot Support Calculation?

Deciding who pays what and how much during a divorce can get complicated. When it comes to addressing reciprocal support orders, could a snapshot support calculation be the right thing for you? The court has discretion in determining an appropriate support order based on the unique set of facts for each case.  In a recent Appeals Court case (Calvin C. v. Amelia A.), the court found, in limited circumstances, that a “snapshot” approach can be considered by using the parties’ incomes and simultaneously calculating their respective obligations to each other.

When dealing with two payors whose combined income is less than $250,000, who have reciprocal support obligations to one another (i.e. Husband pays alimony to Wife, Wife pays child support to Husband) and a materially reduced post-marital lifestyle, “The snapshot approach appears to be the only method of calculating reciprocal orders that does not give rise to the need for additional calculations and adjustments.”

Please contact one of our attorneys at Ryan Faenza Carey with any questions as to support and the calculation of same.

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