How child support can impact multiple families

Child support situations are rarely simple, especially when they involve multiple families. This makes the payments all that much more important, so it's crucial to know when to pay, how much to pay, and what to do if your ex-spouse is refusing to pay in Arizona. Those decisions could reach farther than you realize.

For example, one woman reported that her ex-husband, who was supposed to pay roughly $500 per month, was about $11,000 behind on those payments. It had gotten to the point that the police had issued an arrest warrant for him. She said it made it hard for her to make ends meet as she raised her children.

At the same time, she had gotten married to another man who also had to pay child support to his ex-wife from a previous marriage. He paid out about $500 to $600 every month.

As you can see, the woman's financial situation would have been much easier to deal with if she had been getting all of her payments--and getting them on time. Though she had not been ordered to pay anything, she was essentially using her own budget to send money to her husband's ex, and the money she should have been receiving would have made up for it entirely. Without that money coming in, the budget was put under a lot more pressure.

When marriages end and people then get remarried, it creates a sort of web, in which many people can be impacted by the decisions made by anyone else who is linked to the relationship. This woman's new family was hindered by a man to whom they otherwise would not have been connected at all.

Source: US News, "What to Do When Your Ex Won’t (or Can’t) Pay Child Support," Geoff Williams, accessed March 24, 2016

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