Will my soon to be husband’s child support affect my income?

My fiance has 2 kids that he is paying child support for. He is in arrears with them both. I just want to know if my income or income taxes will be affected due to us getting married? No, we do not have any joint accounts.

Asked on August 21, 2018 under Family Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You are not personally responsible for his child support debts--your own income cannot be garnished for his child support, and anything you owned pre-marriage (and can prove was pre-marriage) is also safe. But his share of anythig bought or acquiring during marriage, and his share of money in joint bank or investment accounts, is something that his children's legal guardians or the state can reach and use to fulfill his obligations, if he fails to pay. So for example, if you buy a house with him, a lien could be put on it to secure payment; if you and he contribute money to a joint account, money in that came from him could potentially be taken; etc. And of course, his income could be garnished if he does not pay, which obviously affects your household budget.


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