Originally Posted by rmzbm
Of course not. But would you agree that sometimes circumstances can rapidly go downhill...through noones fault? I just think that the courts SHOULD take the TOTAL number of kids into consideration, not just say "Step kid wins, rest: suffer!" And, clearly, that does happen.
I guess it depends on what kind of lifestyle Kid A has with his/her other parent. Obviously all the kids should have their basic needs met, but after that I'm not sure that A should always have to sacrifice when his/her parent decides to have more kids. It is up to the parents to support their children, and if you take away from one kid to give to another it's like you're making that kid support his/her sibling. So IMO it would depend heavily on the totality of the circumstances.
But again, all of this information is known to the parents before they have more kids. They know what they owe in CS. They know that more kids cost more money. They generally, though not always, know whether they will have enough money to support all of their children. If they make poor choices even with that information (and just to reiterate, this is NOT a commentary on anybody here) their children *will* have to pay for those choices. It's just a matter of which kids and how much.