Child Support And Remarrying In Florida
Marriages ending and new marriages beginning can have a significant impact on a family, including the family finances. There are many monetary concerns to work through when remarrying, and it is important to recognize that child support payments could be affected.
It is normal to have questions about how your child support arrangement could change due to remarriage, and there are professionals who have the knowledge and experience to provide you with answers. Talk to a Tampa family lawyer if you find yourself in this situation.
Income and Financial Changes
In Florida, the responsibility for providing a child with the support they need falls to biological or legal parents. So in this way, when these legal parents remarry, their child support obligations from previous relationships remain unchanged. But while remarriage itself does not directly alter child support orders, if remarrying leads to significant changes in income and financial circumstances modifications could be appropriate. Below are some factors to consider.
- Income of the paying parent. If the parent who carries the responsibility for paying child support will have a significant increase or decrease in income due to remarriage or other factors, a child support modification could be approved.
- Resources of the receiving parent. Similarly, when a new spouse leads the parent receiving payments to have a substantial boost to their income and resources, the paying parent could request a modification based on the belief that the financial responsibilities of child rearing should be shared more equitably.
Child support orders can be modified, but in order for a modification to be approved there needs to be a notable change in circumstances, such as the paying parent’s or the receiving parent’s financial situation shifting due to remarriage, job loss, disability, or another big life change. Then, either parent could petition a Florida court for a modification.
Protecting the Interests of the Child
It is important to note that remarriage alone is not sufficient grounds for a modification. The court assesses financial factors, such as changes in income, living expenses, and the child’s needs when evaluating requests, and in order for a child support modification order to be altered, the adjustment needs to be in the best interests of the child. For example, the payments need to be in line with what the parents can afford along with the child’s needs, including health care, education, and living expenses.
Navigating child support issues can be complex and emotional, including situations involving remarriage. Whether you’re a paying parent concerned about the financial implications of remarriage or a receiving parent seeking a fair assessment of child support, consult with a Tampa family lawyer to connect with personalized guidance.
How will remarriage affect the child support payments you receive? If you have questions or concerns about child support and remarriage, don’t hesitate to reach out to a knowledgeable Florida divorce lawyer for assistance. The legal team at Blair H. Chan, III are available to guide you to the objectives you are seeking. Book your initial consultation today, call 813-280-5301.