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Does my child support obligation or award change if I remarry?

Judges often base their post-divorce child support payments on a parent's financial situation at a particular moment in time. However, as circumstances change, so does the amount of support a person can expect to receive.

A former spouse's financial landscape may change if they remarry, have a new child, adopt a child or take on a husband or wife with kids. These new financial responsibilities may limit how much a supporting spouse can pay.

Child support laws vary by jurisdiction. Custodial parents are those who have physical custody of their children and receive child support payments. However, if a custodial parent remarries and their new spouse adopts the children, then this may impact how much child support they receive in the future.

Generally, a custodial parent's remarriage won't impact how much child support they receive. Courts typically view the responsibility of financially taking care of children to be the birth parents' obligation. Thus, a former spouse's decision to remarry won't relieve them of that obligation to pay. However, if the new spouse can provide significantly extra financial support, then your child support payments may be reduced in some cases.

If you're divorced, have children and are thinking about remarrying, then it's essential to understand how remarriage may impact the child support payments that you're making or receiving. Pennsylvania and virtually every other state in the country have different ways of responding to changes in financial obligations. A child support attorney can take the unique circumstances surrounding your Philadelphia case into account and advise you of the legal options that you can pursue, particularly if a modification of support is needed.

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