If my boyfriend and I just had a baby, could he get the child support that he pays for his other child lowered?

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If my boyfriend and I just had a baby, could he get the child support that he pays for his other child lowered?

He pays over $970 a month for child support for his 4 year old girl. He works full-time at a hospital earning about $1800 a month. Most of the time in order just to pay rent and the car bill he is forced to work 20-50 hours of overtime.

Asked on November 22, 2012 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It is probably worth going to court and seeking a reduction, but he needs to be prepared that it is unlikely to be granted. Courts rarely reduce the amount of support provided to one child simply because the person paying support has had other children--that obviously would hurt his first child when she has done nothing to warrant that. Rather, courts expect that people will deal with the consequences of their own choices and actions, such as to have another child, without hurting other people's rights and interests.


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