Can The Judge Consider A New Spouse’s Income For Child Support Enforcement?

By Danielle Levy, Associate Attorney at Grossman Law & Conflict Management.

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It is common for people to remarry after divorce. New spouses are often thrown into the middle of their spouse’s post-divorce challenges dealing with enforcement or modification of alimony and child support.

Remarried clients ask us:

  • “Will the Judge consider my new spouse’s income when modifying a support order?”, or
  • “Will my ex-spouse be able to obtain information about my current spouse’s income and assets?”

So, can the Judge consider a new spouse’s income for child support enforcement? Generally, the Courts will not consider the new spouse’s income and assets to modify or enforce alimony and child support. While this is the general rule, there are some exceptions.

Both parents have a fundamental obligation to financially support their children. In post-divorce cases pertaining to child support, the parent seeking the other parent’s financial information must demonstrate that the other parent is deliberately reducing their income to avoid paying support or to collect more support.

The parent wishing to use the other parent’s new spouse’s income must show the Court clear and convincing evidence that new spouse’s funds should be considered. Although this is a high burden of proof, it is not impossible. It is not sufficient to just present evidence that the ex-spouse benefits form the new spouse’s high income. However, courts have determined that transferring assets into the new spouse’s name in order to avoid alimony and child support makes the new spouse’s finances relevant.

A former spouse can object to discovery requests for his/her new spouse’s income information by arguing it is an invasion of privacy and questioning the relevancy.

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