Joliet, IL asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois

Q: Can my income (I'm the stepmom) cause my husbands child support to increase? Can we file for every other weekend ?

My husband pays his child support in time and doesn't own any back pay. But the children's mother demands more money from him, since we just got married last year. We have a 5 month old baby together and he has 4 kids with his ex (they were never married). But now he has another dependent. Could our child support go down instead of up ?

We have the stepkids every single weekend. Friday at 4 pm to sunday at 9:30 pm. But we would like to change it to every other weekend since my husband and I, work 6 days a week. We do alternate shifts, him in the morning and me at night. 10 to 11 hours daily. Do we have any chances of getting it changed ?

Thank you so much in advance.

3 Lawyer Answers
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Mt Vernon, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Yes, a spouse's income is related to the standard of living that the child would have enjoyed had the marriage remained intact. The father has more money to contribute. More money is available to him, he can have nicer things because he married and has a 2 income family.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Mt Vernon, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Oops. I entered my answer and c

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Mt Vernon, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: oops, I entered an incomplete answer r r and cannot edit. Is it possible that father's child support goes down? Maybe. Let's say father makes $50,000 and child support is based on that. But he marries a woman making $100,000. Should his child support go down when his marriage should have just added to the pot without consuming more? How much does dad really have to give to the new wife and child anyway? It depends on so many factors. And then we have exceptions...

Parenting time can always be changed. The father got this schedule, which is somewhat unusual, for a reason. Why? And have the facts leading up to the reason changed? Very often parenting time i as based on work schedules. Mothers who work at bars are likely not available for children on the weekends. So maybe she said they can go to her mother's. Maybe he said no, if they are not with you, I want them. Maybe she has the same job but he lets grandma have them more often. Things like this part might be worked out easily with mom.

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