High income or low, that child needs to live and eat like all the rest of us do. I have witnessed plenty of single parents do without their own basic necessities in order to take care of their child(ren) when the other parent reneges on support payments.This is definitely something that has to be discussed and thought about prior to entering into a marriage with someone who has offspring from a previous relationship.My question I have to pose is why does this person see so little of their own child ???
When my first husband and I got married, he had a daughter from his first marriage. Even when he got laid off from his job each year, when that unemployment check came, child support got paid before anything else.
It is something you have to accept as part of the relationship, because it is part of their life for a long time.
If you cannot accept it, you need to find someone who doesn't have to pay child support.
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I would like to know, especially from step-parents and those dating a single parent who does not have custody of his/her child: In the back of your mind, do you feel taken advantage of financially, helping to pay child support for kids who don't even live there?
Assuming shared, joint finances (which I believe is important in a healthy marriage), does it make sense to help pay for child support for kids who a) aren't yours and b) you rarely get to see?
If you don't have high income and live paycheck-to-paycheck, partially due to child support payments that your spouse or significant other has to pay, wouldn't that make you feel hurt and taken advantage of?