My boyfriend and I have been together for 9 years, we have three kids together and have been talking about marriage. He receives Social Security and child support is taken out monthly. My concern is when or if we get married will I be legally responsible for his child support since I work full time? And will his child support affect my income taxes?
Legally, unless the minor stepchildren live with you, you have no legal duty to financially support them.
However, practically, you will be financially supporting them. Money will be taken from the father to pay his child support. Presumably, if there were no child support, he would be contributing that money to your household's finances. With child support taken, you will have to make up for the money he is not putting into the household's finances.
Presumably, someone has checked whether the minor children have filed for any Social Security benefits they may get based on his earning history.
"And will his child support affect my income taxes?" If he owes back child support, any tax refund coming under his name will be intercepted by the IRS.
So, if you file a joint income tax return with him, the refund will be intercepted.
You can file additional documents withe IRS so that your share of the tax refund is not taken for his child support.
The simplest solution for the tax likely is to adjust income tax withholding so that there is no tax refund.
You can review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.
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