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Understanding Massachusetts’ Support Guidelines

Massachusetts law recognizes a legal and ongoing obligation of both parents to contribute to the support of their children, regardless of whether the parents are married or not. Child support is money paid from the noncustodial parent to the parent with primary custody of the child. If you need an experienced child support attorney in Norfolk County, call Angel Burke Law for dedicated legal representation.

Questions about child support? Call (508) 300-9788 for a consultation with our child support attorney in Medway.

How Child Support Payments Are Calculated

Massachusetts uses a set of guidelines to calculate child support payments. See 2018 guidelines, forms, and information. In short, the combined income of both parents is used to calculate child support payments, and health care costs, childcare expenses, and pre-existing child support orders will be factored into the equation. Income used to calculate child support includes salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, severance pay, and pensions. In addition, veteran’s benefits, social security, disability, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation payments are considered income for the purposes of calculating child support.

We Can Help Challenge the Guidelines

Child support that differs or deviates from the state guidelines must be approved by the court. It is possible to challenge the presumption of the child support guidelines in Massachusetts if the amount determined by the guidelines is considered unfair to the child or a parent. The court will consider a variety of factors when deciding whether to allow a deviation or different amount for child support payments.

The court may consider factors, such as:

  • A child’s special needs
  • Extraordinary capital gains
  • Child custody arrangements
  • Support of other members of the family
  • A child’s independent financial resources
  • Debts incurred for the benefit of the child
  • Earning capacity or special needs of the parent

No two situations are alike, so the guidelines often don’t reflect the specific needs of a child or parents. Our Norfolk County child support lawyer can evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and recommend the best course of action for your needs. We always advocate for the best interests of our clients and their children.

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