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Demystifying Child Support in Massachusetts: A Parent's Guide

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

If you're separating from your child's other parent, one of the most important issues that must be addressed is child support. I know many parents feel anxious and confused about how child support is determined in Massachusetts and how they can go about collecting or modifying payments.

In Massachusetts, the Child Support Guidelines outline how to calculate basic child support amounts based on the incomes of both parents and the number of children. This formula takes into account childcare costs, health insurance, and other deductions to determine the weekly payment. The guidelines aim to provide consistency and adequacy in support orders.

Some key factors that may result in an adjusted support amount include parenting time, child expenses, other family dependents, and extremely high incomes. The guidelines ultimately focus on maintaining the child's previous standard of living and meeting their needs. Both parents share the financial duty.

If your circumstances change substantially, you can petition to modify the child support order. This could mean a promotion, job loss, major medical issues, or something else that alters your income. That said, modifications aren't typically appropriate for minor fluctuations in earnings.

Finally, I assist many clients who struggle with non-payment of child support. There are remedies available if the other parent falls behind, such as wage garnishment and contempt actions. My goal is helping you obtain the support owed so you can provide for your children.

Please reach out with any questions. Navigating child support can be tricky, but I hope this overview provides you some clarity.

Disclaimer: The content provided in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice and readers should not act upon any information provided without seeking professional legal counsel. The author does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information provided. This blog is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader.

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