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Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)


Term Definition Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) - term used to describe a personís gross income, minus particular deductions, such as, but not limited to; alimony, mandatory retirement contributions, federal and state taxes.
Application in Divorce Adjusted gross income can also be referred to as net income. This is the income that is available after taxes and mandatory deductions, such as Social Security, Medicare, and some times retirement payments. The adjusted gross income is the most important variable, along with the number of children, in determining child support. Whether child support is determined on the income shares model or a flat percentage model, the higher the noncustodial parent’s adjusted gross income is, the more child support he or she normally pays. This theory varies depending on the situation; for example, if the custodial parent has a significantly higher adjusted gross income compared to the noncustodial parent, an increase in the noncustodial parent’s income may become irrelevant. Once the adjusted gross income is established for each parent, a monthly child support amount is easy to calculate. The difficulty can be establishing the proper amount.

See also Imputed Income.

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