Inheritance money that father received in the amount of $75,000 was equivalent to a gift that could be considered when calculating his gross income to determine his presumptive child support obligation, even if father had already used the full amount to pay down a loan that he and his domestic partner had obtained, in anticipation of the inheritance, to consolidate their debts, some of which were incurred as they built a home that served as collateral for the loan; under child support guidelines, it did not matter whether income was used or whether it was readily available.
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