My question involves child support in the State of: California
My wife has minor step children for whom she had been caring as a single mother; the children have been receiving state aid, as the father has not been providing support. we reported our marriage to the social services and they requested my financial information, which i submitted.
upon receiving it, they stated that the children no longer qualify for the aid. i am not trying to get out of caring for them, as i love them; yet i'm not too proud to turn down food for growing kids!!
i wanted to know if a step parent is required by law to care for his spouse's children, when the biological parent is legally listed as the custodial parent, but has absconded and not shouldered any of that responsibility.
what if there were a situation where the step parent decided to care for his spouse only, delegating the care of the children to the biological parent who no longer lived there? is that possible, or legal?
any clarification would be appreciated!