In the Matter of Nancy E. Woolsey and Grant E. WoolseyAnnotate this Case
Respondent Grant E. Woolsey appealed Family Division order modifying his child support obligation to the petitioner, Nancy E. Woolsey. Respondent is a self-employed truck driver, and the issue on appeal was whether the trial court erred in calculating Respondent's income when the petitioner questioned many of the business deductions petitioner took to reach the income figure used to calculate the support obligation. The court found "that the [r]espondent's claims of financial hardship [were] not credible." The Supreme Court reversed the trial court's use of petitioner's gross income from his business in order to calculate his child support obligation. Finding that the deductions were ordinary and reasonable deductions for the operation of his business, the Supreme Court remanded the case for recalculation of petitioner's support obligations.