My spouse does not have a job. Will his income be $0 on the child support guidelines?

 The minimum income for the child support guidelines is a minimum wage at a 40 hour work week.  This does not mean the parent must have at least a minimum wage job and work at least a 40 hour work week.  This means that even if the parent does not have a minimum wage job and does not work a 40 hour work week, the parent’s income on the child support guidelines will be a minimum wage at a 40 hour work week.  Therefore, a parent may not voluntarily under employ themselves to avoid paying child support.  A parent cannot gain immunity from child support by voluntarily under-employing themselves.  In the event a parent does try to under-employ themselves, their income will still either be minimum wage or based on what the person could earn.
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