Marshall v. Marshall
A court may consider gifts and contributions that a party receives from a girlfriend or significant other when it awards child support. The defendant husband moved to modify support for his three children. The plaintiff wife maintained that although the husband is physically unable to earn any income, he consistently receives gifts and contributions from his girlfriend or significant other. Credible evidence exists that the husband's girlfriend or significant other provides recurring gifts and contributions. Although the presumptive amount of child support based on the husband's income is $5 per week, strict application of the child support guidelines would not be appropriate. The court ordered the husband to pay child support of $30 per week.