Will I have to pay child support if I take a new, higher paying job?
I have a chance for a great, new opportunity that will grant me an decent increase in pay. Currently, my ex and I share 50/50 custody, with no child support obligations from either party. I have kept detailed receipts on spending and other items that have not fallen at a 50/50 split. I pay these things (extra curricular activities, medical bills, etc.) because that is the right thing to do for our children. My fear is that with a new job, my ex will immediately try to get me paying child support due to it "being fair." I would hate to not take on a new job because of a vindictive, money grab. We have been divorced for over 3 years now. Additionally, I am fairly certain my ex is currently making more annually than myself, but refuses to divulge current earnings and I didn't even know my ex had taken a new position with a different company until about 2 months after employment.
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Child support may be modified upon a substantial change of circumstances (like either parent losing or gaining job, increases or decreases in income) or if the court has not reviewed child support for three years. Either you or your former wife may filed a motion to modify child support. Depending on what the residency and child contact schedule is (whether you and your former wife have substantially equal care and/or a 50/50 contact schedule) child support could go up. However, there might be little change in the support amount. I suggest you meet with an experienced family law attorney in your area to review your options.
Child support is based on your income, your ex's income and a few other reoccurring expenses. If you take the new job, your ex may ask the court to order you to pay child support. However, you will be able to ask her to disclose her income before support is determined. You should contact an experienced family law attorney in your area to discuss your options and possible outcomes in greater detail.
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