Anonymous asked in Family & RelationshipsMarriage & Divorce · 2 years ago

If someone receives child support on one child but owes child support on another child can child support be garnished to pay the other?

1 Answer

  • 2 years ago

    The rule the courts often follow is "first in time, first in line." In other words, if you have one child and are paying child support, and then produce another child, that does not decrease in any way your responsibility to the first child. After all, the first child doesn't need less just because you had another child, and you should have considered whether you could afford to support another child before you had the second one. So they'll go after you for the support for the first child, and will not decrease it so that you can pay for the second.

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