Child support is often a hotly contested issue between former spouses, and they seldom see eye-to-eye about changes. When one party’s family dynamics change, however, a modification of support may be warranted.
Understanding how remarriage and new family obligations can affect your child support is important whether you are paying child support or receiving it.
New marriages may come with new children to support
A mom or dad’s remarriage may drastically change his or her financial situation. A former spouse may remarry someone who has children of his or her own to support. Alternatively, your former spouse, once remarried (or not) may decide to have another child, thus placing additional demands on time and finances. Sometimes, a new spouse may have significant means that can be used to support the family.
Both parents still have financial obligations to their children
Despite remarriage or additional children, every parent has a duty to support their children. Remarriage is only a factor in determining whether a modification of child support may be warranted.
Changes in one party’s financial obligations or wealth may trigger changes in support orders. If, for example, your ex-spouse has a new baby, the court may consider how that child might modify the child support guideline. Similarly, if your new spouse’s income is so substantial that you decide to no longer need to work, that may trigger another analysis of the child support.
How to pursue support modifications
When you are seeking a modification of support, you need to be informed. Let my firm make the arguments we believe will sway the court. We can analyze your situation and evidence and give you advice on the best path forward.