Values of employer-provided benefits of a company car, car insurance, and a cellular telephone received by father were to be included as part of father’s gross income when calculating his child support obligation for children born out-of-wedlock. Father did not have a car, car insurance, or phone, other than the car, car insurance, and phone provided to him by his employer. If his employer had not provided a car, father would have had to purchase or lease one on his own, using his own funds, and, thus, it was sensible to conclude that the provision of a car was no different from the provision of funds to buy or lease a car, in that, either way, the person receiving the benefit effectively had a higher income.
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