Janet Boyle Answers:
We understand both sides of these circumstances. The first is a deliberate attempt by a spouse to reduce his/her income in order to lessen their support obligation. Judges are aware of this and even have a name for it – RAIDS – Recently Acquired Income Deficiency Syndrome. Whether it works or not, the attorney’s fees incurred will greatly exceed the amounts saved.
However, there are also legitimate reasons for this occurrence. If a spouse is self-employed, the stress of the divorce can impact productivity, thus reducing income. Often, the reduction in income pre-dates the divorce filing and may be the actual occurrence resulting in the divorce. Financial setbacks are high on the causes for divorce list. Each case is different. We represent each client differently. Each is unique. Cookie cutter thinking is unfair to the client.