Alimony – Imputation of Subsidized Income in Florida

Can impute income to a spouse whose expenses are being paid by another. “The former husband also complains about the trial court’s imputation of income to him. We find no error in the trial court’s decision to impute income to the former husband because he was living rent-free in a house owned by his parents. But, for the reasons explained below, the trial court erred in how it applied that imputation of income to the facts of this case. Imputation of income to a spouse for purposes of determining support is appropriate when someone, such as an employer or parent, is paying or subsidizing some of that spouse’s monthly living expenses. See, e.g., Posner v. Posner, 39 So. 3d 411,413-14 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010) (affirming trial court’s decision to impute $ 1400 income to the father based on the rental value of the home owned by the parents, where they allowed him to live rent-free); Chapoteau v. Chapoteau, 659 So.2d 1381,1384 (Fla. 3dDCA 1995) (holding that husband’s employer-provided residence was income).” George v. George.

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