CASTELLO v. CASTELLO (App Div. 2nd Dep’t)

After the Supreme Court imputed income of $240,000 for the defendant-husband, defendant appeals the findings.  However, the court held that the Supreme Court correctly imputed income from the defendant’s construction business.  Where the “party’s account of his or her own finances . . . is not believable the court is justified in finding a true or potential income higher than that claimed.” Here the Supreme Court relied upon the report of the neutral financial evaluator which found defendant’s income to be between $160,000 to $240,000 and also upon testimony presented at trial which established that the defendant had total control over the bookkeeping and finances of the construction company and “funneled personal expenses through the company.”