In regards to support, if one of the parents lives in a multiple income household is the calculated child support affected?

Should the expenses (rent/mortgage, utilities) of the re-married parent be reduced as a result of the income contribution of the spouse?

Asked on September 14, 2011 under Family Law, Georgia

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, the answer here is no, the income of the new spouse is not used to calculate the child support payments and the percentages of each of the parities.  The new spouse has no legal obligation to support the step child.  That is the sole obligation of the parent.  I know that this may sound as if it is in some way unfair but really think about it: would any one then get married of their income was to be subject to an order for some one they have no legal ties to?  Double check with an attorney in your area on this.  In some states the courts may take note of the income on some level.  Good luck.


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