New Spouse Income as a Factor in ability to pay?


#1

The income of your spouse can be considered when determining ability to pay. The court will review your spouses living expenses, and while those living expenses may have had an impact on his ability to pay if he lived alone, the court may give that issue less consideration if there is another adult in the home able to contribute to those expenses.

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#2

I read that under normal circumstances the court does not consider the income of the new spouse in determining child support. So, is it ok for the income of the other spouse to be a determining factor in the party’s ability to pay?

My income was noted by the court as ‘substantial’ and therefore my husband is deemed to have hte ability to pay. It is in the order from the Judge. Is there are threshhold that Judge consider ‘substantial’? $50K doesn’t feel like its substantial, lol.

Thanks for the insight. My gut says, no way!! but I have only found the one reference to considering my income, and that was related to determining the support of our 2 children, prior to determining the child support award. I can’t find anything on relative ability to pay.