When you get remarried after a divorce, there may be a number of changes to your lifestyle —especially if you have children from a previous marriage or relationship. One of the things you may wonder about is whether your remarriage (or the remarriage of the other parent) could impact your existing child support arrangement.
It’s important to keep in mind that a parent’s obligation to financially support his or her children continues until those children are legal adults, regardless of the parent’s marital status. Courts will not factor in a new spouse’s financial contributions, as child support is based on a parent’s earnings — not those of a step-parent. Step-parents do not have any legal obligation to support any non-biological children.
However, the court may choose to modify it, depending on new circumstances since the last child support order. Some of the grounds to modify a child support arrangement in Minnesota include:
For more information on your child support responsibilities after one parent gets remarried, or other reasons for child support modifications, consult an experienced Minnesota family law attorney with Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.
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