The structures of Florida families change frequently. A couple may choose to end their relationship in divorce and to raise their shared children through custody and support arrangements that serve the kids’ best interests. Over time, though, the parties to the former couple may move on themselves and may elect to enter into new relationships and even marriages. When they do questions can arise regarding how the new marriages will impact the existing agreements the parties share regarding their children.

While a new marriage may change the legal status of an adult from single to married it does not change the status of a parent to their child. That said, if a parent remarries and their children were receiving child support from their other parent, then the paying parent will likely continue to be responsible for child support to the kids despite the custodial parent’s new relationship.

Parents can make changes to their existing child support agreements if both can come to new terms regarding the financial upbringing of their kids. For example, if a custodial parent marries a new spouse who earns a high income and that spouse agrees to help provide for the kids, the custodial and noncustodial parents may work out a new agreement to lower the noncustodial parent’s obligation to the former couple’s kids.

Parents are parents regardless of what relationships they choose to end or start. A child support obligation, whether created through an agreement of order, is a binding mandate that a parent must fulfill or open themselves up to possible enforcement penalties. To learn more about remarriage and changing child support orders, readers may wish to contact their trusted divorce and family law attorneys for guidance relevant to their individual cases.