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Does remarriage affect child support?

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2021 | Child Support |

In Maryland, the court determines the amount you pay for child support. Under this law, both parents’ role is to cater to your child’s financial needs depending on your income. While most parents are aware that their income determines child support, some are unaware that remarriage or the new spouse’s income can affect the amount you pay for child support.

Remarriage and child support

Once you remarry, your obligations to your child won’t change since the biological parents of a child have the duty of meeting their needs. However, if you experience a change in your finances, you can ask the court to modify your child support arrangement. Some custodial parents opt to quit work once they remarry. In such a situation, the court may decide to classify the income of the non-working parent as potential income. In other cases, the court might also reduce the obligations of the non-custodial parents. However, the non-custodial parent must meet all their child support obligations until the court makes new support.

Although the non-custodial parent has the right to start another family, they should always consider the children. Therefore, they must consult an attorney before getting remarried. However, if you remarry as a non-custodial parent, you must pay your child support. Fortunately, the income of your new spouse is not part of child support to your children.

Remarriage and new children

Often, most divorcees decide to start new families. If you choose to do so, ensure it’s not a financial hurdle since courts can’t reduce your child support payments. For most courts, you should prioritize children from previous relationships. While you may consider opting out of child support, it’s not a good idea since it may emotionally affect your child. Thus, even if your financial situation improves, always play a role in your child’s life.

Remarriage after a divorce is often complex. Therefore, it’s advisable that you contact an attorney before making a move. An attorney might guide you in making informed decisions.