Payments made on regular basis to father from National Guard for living quarters, uniforms, and other living expenses and locality pay constituted “income” subject to inclusion in calculating father’s child support obligation, regardless that such income was not reportable to Internal Revenue Service. Trial court’s reliance on father’s tax return for determining income from father’s rental properties, in which return father claimed loss, without considering or reviewing father’s income, expenses and abundance of testimony related to that issue, was clear abuse of discretion, in calculating father’s income for purposes of child support.
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