In re Marriage of Ackerman involved the imputation of income to one spouse.
The parties were married for more than 10 years and had two children together. At the time of the divorce, the husband was a plastic surgeon, and the wife was a stay at home mom. However, the wife had earned her juris doctor degree.
The wife requested both child support and spousal support. The husband argued that the wife could work and should become self-sufficient. The court ordered support, but it also ordered an automatic step-down order of support based on the fact that the wife should become self-sufficient in a reasonable amount of time.
The Fourth District Appellate Court upheld the trial court’s order and stated that there was evidence in the record that the wife could pass the California State Bar exam. If she did not pass the bar, she would be able to work as a paralegal earning enough to support herself.
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