Ontario Family Law Podcast

57 - Could I Have To Pay Child Support to My Spouse’s Ex?



Ontario Family Law Podcast

57 - Will My Spouse Have to Pay Child Support to My Ex?

57 - Will My Spouse Have to Pay Child Support to My Ex

Blended families are becoming more and more common as parents find new partners after the end of an earlier relationship.  Some of those new partners can be reluctant to start a relationship with some who already has kids.  That can make things complicated, especially as it often means the ex may still be hanging about.  But, a BIG concern of many people considering starting a relationship with someone who is already a parent is whether becoming that parent’s spouse will mean becoming liable for that parent’s child support obligation.   New spouse’s should not be liable for their partner’s child support obligation.  But, the legal answer is more complicated.


When a person marries, or starts a relationship, with someone who has kids from a previous relationship, that person can be on the hook, directly or indirectly, to that partner’s ex.  In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains how that can happen, and how to avoid pay child support to a new partner’s ex.


If you enjoyed this episode, you will want to check out these ones:

12 - How Step Parents and Grand Parents Can Be on the Hook for Child Support

4 - How to Have An Enforceable Marriage Contract in Ontario

8 - How Your Heart Can Get You Into Trouble

9 - How Property is Divided After a Marriage in Ontario

10 - Child Support in Ontario/Canada

11 - Child Support’s Special and Extraordinary Expenses

20 - What Living Common Law Means (and What It Doesn’t)

29 - Common Law Separation and Property Division

53 - How to Pay Less Child Support

And listen to this radio program, and watch this TV News Story on grandparents being sued for child support. 

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Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law PodcastJohn Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  If you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5847, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”  To book a consultation, at a reduced rate, use this form


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