Imagine the following scenario: Donald and his wife Melania decide they want to get a divorce. Donald has been employed as the President of the United States for the past two years, where he earns a salary of $400,000, and receives travel, expense, and entertainment perks. Melania mostly spends her days shopping on QVC, pampering herself at the spa, and taking tennis lessons while the nanny watches their son, Junior. In the judgment of dissolution of marriage, the court orders Donald to pay Melania $20,000.00 each month for child support until Junior attains the age of 18.
Two years pass after the divorce, and Donald finds himself running for reelection. However, because the stress of the first presidency took its toll on Donald, he goes to the barber and gets a buzzcut, in a vain attempt to assert some semblance of control over his life. Without his signature hairstyle, his polling numbers plummet, and he loses the election in a landslide so dramatic that even Walter Mondale has to laugh.
Donald now finds himself out of work, and struggles to find a suitable career in which to apply his unparalleled talent for bombast and bluster. He applies for a slew of entry level positions on monster.com, to no avail. Every prospective employer tells him that he’s overqualified. Destitute and feeling like he’s run out of options, Donald decides to start an extermination business called “Cockroach, You’re a Loser.” Donald exhibits a newly-discovered knack for the entrepreneurial, and nets a tidy profit of about $25,000.00 in his first full year of business. Because it is a far cry from his former earnings, Donald files a petition to reduce his child support obligation based on an involuntary reduction in income. Fearing a drastic reduction in her own standard of living, Melania asks the court to deny Donald’s request.