Can my fiancee get his child support adjusted now that we have a child together?

My fiancee has 2 kids from a previous relationship and we now have a child together. Can he have his support adjusted with the state?

Asked on September 6, 2011 under Family Law, Washington

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The factors that the Court considers in modifying a child support order vary from state to state.  So this question is best asked to an attorney or child support office with in the state of Washington.  Now, what I can tell you is that in Washington state, the courts allow a person to modify or change a support order on two major grounds.  One is if two years have gone by since the last Order of Support was entered, and either party wishes to have the income reviewed, or the other is if one year has gone by and the order as it is written has the application to the situation of creating a "substantial economic hardship" on one of the parties.  Not having enough to make ends meet is one of the things to consider here.  So contact your local division of child support offices.


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