Remarriage And Child Support-What You Need To Know
Divorced parents often wonder if I remarry, will my child support obligations change? Generally, remarriage does not affect child support obligations and a new spouse does not become financially responsible for your children. Even if your ex-spouse is marrying someone very wealthy, your child support obligations will not change.
A modification can occur if a parent can show a material change in circumstances, such as a material increase or decrease in income, and/or a change in work related childcare or additional expenses. Additionally, if you are remarrying and have new financial obligations within the new marriage, you are still obligated to pay child support from your first marriage and any new obligations will typically not be considered for modification purposes.
However, if you are also paying or receiving alimony, alimony will likely cease upon the remarriage. The cessation of alimony will likely be cause for a child support modification.
Because there are many factors that could affect the child support calculation, it may be in your best interest to consult with Ms. Hess at Hess Family Law, or another attorney, regarding your child support issue.