Massachusetts Child Support Attorney
Child support is always a contentious issue in Massachusetts family courts. For the most part, divorced or separated parents (or parents that were never married) agree that they should both financially support their child(ren). However, depending on the child custody arrangements, financial wealth, and the needs of the child, many parents are unsure or they disagree about how much child support is due.
When starting a civil case (either a divorce or another family law proceeding), you should consider the legal aid of a Massachusetts child support attorney to ensure reasonable and fair child support payments, whether you are receiving payments or providing them.
Calculating Child Support in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, both parents have a duty to provide financial support until their children turn 18 (can be until the children are 20 if still in high school). Generally, the non-custodial parent makes the child support payments and the amount that the non-custodial parent owes is defined by the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. The State of Massachusetts also provides instructions on how to calculate the amount of child support owed.
To figure out how much you or your ex may owe, you can determine the “baseline of support” by taking both parents’ weekly incomes and splitting them proportionally based on respective incomes. Furthermore, the parents must cover the child’s educational and healthcare needs.
The courts may also order payments for extracurricular activities and other things deemed necessary for the child’s welfare.
Changing Child Support
When financial circumstances, parenting time, or even custody change, it may be important to ask the courts to modify the child support orders. If this is the case, the court will look at several elements to determine if a change is necessary and what those changes need to be. Some of these elements can include:
- Parental agreement regarding the modified amount
- If the child has any special needs
- Any extraordinary or medical expenses
- The amount a parent needs to self-support
- If there is a gross disparity in standard of living between both parents
- Any other material or substantial change in circumstances
Contact the Law Office of Robert H. Prince Today
By setting a fair and reasonable amount of child support, it becomes much easier for divorcing parents to go their separate ways while still providing adequate care for their children. With years of experiencing helping parents in Massachusetts with their child support requirements, family law attorney Robert H. Prince ensures sensitivity, compassion, and a diligent legal approach that leaves no stones unturned.
If you are planning a divorce or separation and you need an attorney to achieve fair and reasonable child support requirements, make sure to call the Law Office of Robert H. Prince today by dialing (617) 721-9141. Free consultations are available.