If a minor child has a child is he still elgible to recieve child support for himself?

Asked on September 19, 2012 under Family Law, Idaho

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

As long as the child is a minor, then the parent that has custody of him is still able to collect child support on his behalf.  The exception, would be, however, is if the custody order which established the child support obligation provided otherwise. 

Even though the minor child has a child, the parent paying child support is not obligated to support the grand-child and his/her child support will not increase because of the latest addition to the family.

If the minor child moves out of the custodial parent's home and becomes self-sufficient, then the parent could petition the court to modify the support order since the custodial parent no longer needs the money for the support of the minor child.


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