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Can you tell me a little more about your situation? I assume that you have a daughter for whom you are paying support, who normally lives with the other parent? How old is that child?
Your daughter is having a baby of her own and is moving out or has moved out?
What province are you in?
By what instrument are you paying support? Is it a court order, or a domestic contract, or something else?
OK, so she's going to have a baby and hasn't moved out yet.
You're the stepmother to this 15 year old. Can you tell me about who is paying support to whom?
And who is paying support to whom? Or as you asking if you'll have to pay support if and when she moves out?
What adults are involved in this 15 year old's life? You're the stepmother; the child's father is your partner? Where is the child's biological mother, involved in the child's life?
I see. And are you with the child's father at the moment?
Ah, sorry. Our messages crossed paths. No need to reply yet, I'll answer you now....
This comes down to where the child is going to move to and what her income will be. If she applies for student welfare, wherever she is living, you can expect your local welfare office's Family Support Unit to contact you. Their job is to get support payable for welfare recipients so that they can give less money to the person on welfare.
If that happens, then it's likely that you could make a deal with them that you'd pay some support, perhaps less than guideline.
If the child moves in with the father of the baby and she's living independently as an adult then nobody is likely to take you to court for support. She still could try, but if she's living independently and has withdrawn from parental care and control then it's unlikely you'd be forced to pay.
When I say "you" I refer primarily to the child's father. I can't see any circumstance whereby a judge would order both you and the child's father to each pay child support, especially since you're still together with the father.
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Anything else about this situation to discuss?
Any new developments on the child moving out?