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They cannot attach you wife's bank account or garnish her wages to satisfy your arrears unless your name is also on the account. If a contempt or modification action is brought before the court, your wife's financial contributions to household expenses will be considered in determining the amount you are able to pay. You should also be aware that if you file your taxes jointly with your new wife and you are due a return, this may be reachable by the mother to satisfy your debt. As my colleague suggested, you would be well-advised to seek the assistance of counsel in coming to a repayment plan to avoid these complications. Best of luck and congratulations on your pending nuptials!

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So long as you keep your finances separate and they won't be able to take her money. The court may consider her income in determining your ability to pay child support arrears if a complaint for contempt is brought against you for non-payment, but the number won't be set on her income and her bank account cannot be attached to satisfy your debt, so long as your name is not also on the account.


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They will not unless you both create a joint account. Future collections will prove to be problematic for you with regard to future joint tax returns and other potential joint ventures. You should consider negotiating a payment plan and getting this matter resolved.


I am a former DOR attorney. You should retain counsel to assist you with the DOR/CSE, as this matter will not resolve itself on its own. More importantly, you can negotiate with the DOR, the custodial parent, and the court to have the amount owed substantially decreased.

In any event, I advise that you do not open any bank accounts in your name, and certainly do not co-mingle your money with your future wife's, as the do levy joint accounts.

I wish you luck, and again, I strongly recommend obtaining an attorney.

Anthony Rao, Esq.

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