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Bonuses, Variable income & Commissions

Variable income includes commissions, bonuses, overtime pay, and dividends. If either parent receives variable income such as this, the court presiding over the case will average the income in a way that is reasonable under the circumstances of the case. The court will then add the averaged amount to the parent’s fixed salary or wages to determine gross income. O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15(f)(1)(D).

The court presiding over the case will average the variable income in a way that is reasonable under the circumstances of the case.

  Practice Pointer - Irregular Variable Income

However, if the income is received on an irregular or one time basis, the court may, but is not required to, order the parent to pay a percentage of the variable income to the custodial parent as a one-time support amount. Id.