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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.I suggest, you tell your mediator that you will care for the children, even your step child, but you cannot also pay her alimony. That she needs to contribute to the support of all the children. And that she has to get a job for her earning potential.Tell the mediator you are going to file for child support and then do it.Please let me know if you have other questions in this regard. Keep in mind, I can only answer and provide information for what you ask. I do not know what you need to know, unless you tell me. Please rate positive as this is how I get credit for my time and information.Thank you
Thank you. No there is no abandonment as you are the step parent. However, I suggest that if her earning capacity is are 75 and it was her choice to go back to school for a career where she is earning $30,000 less then that is her choice and you should continue to pay hardball on any alimony.
Also, file for child support from her if the kids are with you. Did she get any child support from the bio Father for your step child? If, yes, that should be turned over to you now, too and it can be applied but not taken from her share of the responsibility to her child.