Q: What if any responsibility is there to a present spouse of a person facing a support order for a child with another?
An order of support coming for a father who is now married and has children within that marriage. What if any responsibility does the wife have to the child from a previous relationship? What about impact in terms of needs of the children of the marriage and resources designated for them - can that be compromised?
A: A Wife has zero responsibility towards the support obligations of a spouse. Taxes and accounts should be kept separate, because joint accounts can be garnished if there is an arrears.
A: None. You have no responsibility for a spouse's support order. It necessarily affects the household income, but, otherwise, you have no responsibility. As far as other children, he will get a credit in the worksheet for other children he supports. That is determined by statute.
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