Adjusting Child Support for Income of ex-Spouse's New Spouse

An ex-spouse's income MAY have an effect on child support indirectly. Income is not counted for purposes of CS to support another man's children..  Assets are not counted for purposes of CS to support another man's children.

The NEW spouse's income and assets are counted towards his ability to support his NEW spouse/wife.  The NEW spouses has zero obligation  to support another man's children.  If he works,  he has some obligation to support his NEW spouse.
This means some or all  the New wife's assets and money become available to support her children in the lifestyle and menas which they have been living in prior marriage. 
Consider these proposed rulings of law for alimony or CS, particularly items 10,11, 12 regarding the second spouses income:

1.      The Court finds and concludes there has been a change in circumstances to entitle the Plaintiff   Mr. Wright  to alimony from Defendant Ms. Wright AKA Bowyer.   The purpose of an award of alimony is to provide economic support to a dependent spouse. Gottsegen v. Gottsegen, 397 Mass. 617, 623 (1986). Grubert v. Grubert, 20 Mass. App. Ct. 811, 819 (1985).

2.      The Court has it in its power to award alimony pursuant to M.G.L.A. c. 207, § 37 provides that "[a]fter a judgment for alimony or an annual allowance for the spouse or children, the court may, from time to time, upon the action for modification of either party, revise and alter its judgment relative to the amount of such alimony or annual allowance and the payment thereof, and may make any judgment relative thereto which it might have made in the original action.

3.        The Court has it in its power to award alimony pursuant to the  language of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 208, § 34 which permits  a petition for alimony to be brought at any time after a divorce Talbot v. Talbot 13 Mass. App. Ct. 456Alimony, like the custody of children, is a matter which from its very nature cannot be finally disposed of,  id quoting Smith v. Smith, 190 Mass. at 575.  The financial exigencies of the wife require relief in this case if the husband is able to contribute, id.

4.      The Court finds and concludes the Plaintiff is entitled to a lump sum award in addition to monthly support. In addition to or in lieu of a judgment to pay alimony, the court may assign to either husband or wife all or any part of the estate of the other. Brash v. Brash 407 Mass. 101.

5.      The Court finds and concludes it may make an award where  Smith v. Smith, 190 Mass. 573, 575 [1906]; O'Brien v. O'Brien, 325 Mass. at 576-577), G. L. c. 208, § 34, gives a judge authority to make an award when circumstances change even if no award was made at the time of the divorce Talbot v. Talbot 13 Mass. App. Ct. 456

6.      The Court finds and concludes the Plaintiff’s receipt of state support for psychological services  mandates alimony. As a matter of policy, a judge ought not, even if there is some financial hardship, shift to the public a party's obligation to provide support for his former spouse and children. See O'Brien v. O'Brien, 325 Mass. 573, 578 (1950); Knox v. Remick, 371 Mass. 433, 437 (1976); Stansel v. Stansel, 385 Mass. 510, 515 (1982).

7.      The Court finds and concludes an attribution of income to Ms. Bowyer  is appropriate. Attribution of income may be appropriate when a Judge determines a career change is voluntary, see Schuler v. Schuler, 382 Mass. 366, 371-372, 416 N.E.2d 197 (1981); Canning v. Juskalian, 33 Mass. App. Ct. at 204; Bassette v. Bartolucci, 38 Mass. App. Ct. 732, 735-736, 652 N.E.2d 623 (1995), or where a party fails to take another job despite its easy availability. See Schuler v. Schuler, supra at 371.  "A judge is not limited to a party's actual earnings but may in the proper circumstances consider potential earning capacity." Heins v. Ledis, 422 Mass. 477, 485 (1996) at 485, citing Schuler v. Schuler, 382 Mass. 366, 374 (1981).  See Diver v. Diver, 402 Mass. 599

8.      The Court finds and concludes the Plaintiff is entitled to  a lifestyle comparable to that during the marriage.  Need is measured by what is required to maintain the parties' standard of living enjoyed during the marriage  Grubert v. Grubert, 20 Mass.App.Ct. 811, 819 (1985); Moriarty v. Stone, 41 Mass.App.Ct. 151, 158 (1996).  "Among the objectives of a financial award is providing means, to the extent the marital assets allow, which enable the parties to approximate the standard of living enjoyed during marriage."  Id.  "Absent some good reason, the financial orders in a divorce judgment should not cause the standard of living of one spouse to drop perceptibly down while that of the other spouse remains high."  Denninger v. Denninger, 34 Mass.App.Ct. 429, 433 (1993) [1] Absent good reason, in a long term marriage, there is no justification for the life-style of one spouse to go down while the other remains high." Goldman v. Goldman, supra, 28 Mass.App.Ct. at 611, 554 N.E.2d at 865.

9.      The Court finds and concludes the  Defendant’s  ownership of a valuable asset demonstrates ability to pay alimony without further inquiry as to whether payment can be enforced directly against the asset; the law does not require that an obligor be allowed to enjoy an asset, such as a valuable home or the beneficial interest in a spendthrift trust, while he neglects to provide for those persons whom he is legally required to support.  Katz v. Katz 55 Mass App Ct  472.

10.  The Court concludes it may consider the second spouse’s income and vocation. Probate Court judge may consider income or assets of second spouse in determining payor spouse's ability to pay alimony; while second spouse does not share duty to obey support order directed against payor spouse, income of second spouse contributes to support of current household and payor spouse therefore has more of his or her own money with which to satisfy alimony. Cooper v. Cooper 43 Mass.App.Ct. 51.

11.  The Court concludes the admission of evidence inferring  substantial income of ex-wife’s second husband  to pay her expenses, frees her funds to finance alimony support.  Admission of evidence as to the income of the husband's second wife was proper as the income and assets of that spouse were part of the circumstances relevant to the ability of the husband to pay Silvia v. Silvia  9 Mass.App.Ct. 339.

12.  The Court finds, concludes and imputes  the Defendant  has sufficient assets and funds to provide support for Mr. Wright.  Although a second marriage does not relieve a spouse of marital and parental obligations, O'Brien v. O'Brien, 325 Mass. 573, 576,5 (1950) and although a second husband or wife does not share the duty to obey a support order directed toward the other spouse. See Krokyn V,. Krokyn, Mass. 390 N.E. 2d 733 (1979), the income and assets of second spouse are part of the circumstance relevant to the ability of parents to use their own resources to contribute to the support of the their children. Birge v. Simpson, 280 So.2d 482, 483 (Fla.App.1973). Aura v. Aura, 342 So.2d 1200, 1201 (La.App.1977). See Smith v. Smith, 13 Wash.App. 381, 386, 534 P.2d 1033 (1975)


[1]  As to the relationship between alimony and station in life after a long term marriage, the court said in Goldman v. Goldman, 28 Mass.App.Ct. 603, 554 N.E.2d 860 (1990) that "the fundamental purpose of traditional alimony, namely, maintenance of a wife according to the property and condition of her husband, Coe v. Coe, 313 Mass. 232, 236, 46 N.E.2d 1017, 1020 (1943), was not changed by the passage of G.L. c. 208, § 34].Massachusetts Practice Series &38:3 Alimony

Outrageous exactly but it is the case  law in Massachusetts which is used to castrate most men with children. 
For example,  attribution of income for when one loses his job is a very common occurrence. Your are expected to sell off all your assets to met these state imposed obligations. 
That is how I lost my house equity. The Judge gave it to the Ex.  She later sold it for huge sum and kept the "change".  This was somewhat like another case except he signed it over voluntarily and later lost his chance to recover it due to his attorney screw-up.
As Joe says,  "Help the EX get a new spouse.  His income is worth something to you indirectly. " New spouse adds money to the pie to support a group of people including the former  EX spouse.   In reality who can say exactly where the dollar being used to pay the rent came from?  It was thrown into the support pie for the wife but the EX's kids are part of the package. Put a roof over her head and New Hubby puts a roof over their head (assuming she had custody).  It is a fixed cost.

"It is sad comment that the public is so uneducated, unconcerned and blinded to the TRUTH by the media, and that the Judiciary of our once great Nation has been allowed to sink to these depths. And while I say that the conditions that exist today can be laid at one doorstep, that of the Judiciary, I must ultimately say that the fault really lies at our feet, We the People, for it is We the People who have allowed the foxes to guard the henhouse."

Robert H. Bork, Judge,
Supreme Court Nominee &
Professor of Law