Black v. Black (Mississippi 2017)

No. 2016-CA-00104-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 2017)
November 2017

When a parent’s adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000 per year, the Court must make a finding as to whether the application of the guidelines is reasonable. The guideline child support award would be 20 percent of the parent’s adjusted gross income. The father in this case is a surgeon whose adjusted gross income is more than $100,000. The Chancery Court deviated upwardly from guideline support, and the father appealed. The appellate court found the findings in the order supported the deviation. The findings included that father’s income greatly exceeded $100,000, both parents wanted the children to maintain their lifestyle and attend private school, and that to make this happen, a deviation was necessary.