If I receive child support for my daughter but her father has 3 other children and one of the other mothers filed for child support, will this affect the amount that I receive?

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If I receive child support for my daughter but her father has 3 other children and one of the other mothers filed for child support, will this affect the amount that I receive?

Asked on June 16, 2015 under Family Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It could, in the following way: when the other mother gets child support, more money will be taken from your child's father and he will be obligated to pay more per month for, presumably, years to come. He could potentially use that change in circumstances and effective reduction in his income as grounds to petition the court to reduce his obligations to your child, on the basis that something has to give or he will not himself have enough to live on. While it is not certain that the court will grant that reduction (and, as stated, it is not automatic--he has to file for it), it is certainly possible that he will get his obligations reduced.


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