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THANK GOODNESS MY FORMER SPOUSE REMARRIED, NOW I CAN SAVE MONEY!! NOT SO FAST…


Although there is a possibility that a new marriage may lead to the modification of child support order’s award of support, any modification of support is not automatic. So, If you get remarried does your child support change? Remarriage in and of itself will not entitle a parent to a modification of child support. The new spouse has no duty to support your children from a previous marriage or relationship.


However, there are certain exceptions. For example, if the child who is subject of the support is on public assistance the court does have the discretion to determine whether the new spouses income as such that and new support order is required. Additionally, oftentimes the paying spouse will decrease their income upon his or her former spouses remarriage believing that this action will reduce the paying spouse’s support obligation; however, most likely, the court well direct the paying spouse to continue to pay the same amount of support despite the decrease in income based on his or her voluntary reduction in employment income. Yet, if the paying spouse incurs serious and substantial medical bills, the court, in its discretion may consider this economic factor in reducing the paying spouse’s support obligation amount.

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