Do Other Children Factor Into Child Support Calculations?

child supportQuestion:

My ex-wife, who is completely taken care of by her parents, is taking me to court to increase my child support obligation. I spend nearly $800 per month on child-care expenses for children I have with my current wife in addition to child support.

Will the court take these factors into consideration?


While I am not licensed to practice law in your state and am unable to give you legal advice, I can give you some general observations on this issue based on the jurisdiction where I practice.

Where I do practice in Virginia, child support is calculated using the income of the parties, child care costs, and costs associated with supporting other children. You have to make sure that the court accounts for your other children or it will quickly overlook that factor causing you to overpay.

As for the mother, the court does not consider if she gets financial help, or free shelter, from other sources.

Child support is very jurisdiction-specific and require a specialized knowledge of local law. For these reasons I would suggest you contact an attorney who specializes in family law matters in your jurisdiction.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than tips on these matters, so please contact an attorney in your jurisdiction to obtain specific advice as to the laws of your state and how they impact your case.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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