Lavigne v. James
Trial court’s calculation of divorced father’s gross income in setting child support award to divorced mother was supported by record and was not manifestly erroneous, despite claim that court failed to deduct ordinary and necessary expenses from gross income in determining award; while documents attached to father’s tax returns showed various expenses for janitorial business that father owned, expenses included meals, mortgage payments, payments to supermarkets, payments for home repairs and supplies, and various cash withdrawals and no receipts supported claim that withdrawals were used to purchase business equipment, not all expenses incurred by business were ordinary and necessary business expenses, and father was less than forthcoming on legitimate expenses of his business.
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