In a case of apparent first impression, a Queens, N.Y., judge has ruled that the grants and student loans a father receives to finance his dental school education should not be deemed income when calculating the father’s child support obligations.

Finding New York’s Child Support Standards Act silent regarding such funds and discovering no New York cases on point, Family Court Judge John M. Hunt turned to decisions in other states, which have “almost uniformly” rejected considering the financial aid as income.

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