While we find that many of California’s family laws are common sensical, this issue is not. Unfortunately, the legal answer often ends up causing one parent serious frustration and a feeling of injustice.
For purposes of calculating guideline child support, a new spouse’s income may not be considered by a court when establishing or modifying a child support order. An ‘extraordinary case’ is often times very difficult to prove and exists only ‘where excluding that income would lead to extreme and severe hardship to any child subject to the child support award.’
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