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Do You Still Owe Child Support if You Live Together After a Divorce?

Divorce can be tricky, especially one that involves children. There are several things to think about when going through a divorce. Each case is different. For spouses who are going through a divorce, but plan to live in the same home for a duration of time after the finalization, you may wonder if child support should come into play. This may not seem like the typical situation, but it does happen.

There is not one answer to the question of whether one parent should pay child support if the couple cohabitates after the divorce is final. In some cases, a judge will determine that child support should not be ordered since the family still resides together, and both parents are therefore providing support for the children.

On the flip side, it really depends on the circumstances. Keep in mind that child support is intended to provide for the child, and not the parent (it is not spousal support). A judge can decide if child support should be awarded even if the parents are living together with the children after their divorce is final.

Since each situation is different, the outcome will depend on the circumstances in each case. It is imperative to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. The right lawyer will help answer your questions, and help you decide which course of action is right for your case.

This post was written by David Hurvitz. Follow David on Google+.