A parent cannot insulate an inheritance from consideration for child support by transforming it into a non‑income producing asset; where the parent does so, it may be reasonable to impute income to all or a portion of an inheritance where there is an adequate foundation for doing so. Further, trust funds otherwise excluded as gross income under the Child Support Guideline may be considered as a factor in deviating from the Guideline.
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