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The state of Massachusetts requires parents to take care of the financial needs of their children, even if they are no longer married or involved in their children’s daily lives. Child support is money paid by one parent so that the financial needs of another are met. This helps to protect the best interests of a child by relieving the financial strain on the parent they live with.
If you need child support or are facing the possibility of paying child support, you need the help of an experienced family law attorney. At Miller Law Group, P.C., our Beverly child support lawyers have the experience needed to represent you at the negotiation table or in court. Our team fights for the best interests of clients and their children, and we have a history of creating rational, beneficial solutions for difficult situations. If you want a good outcome, call us today.
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How Massachusetts Courts Decide Child Support
The first thing Massachusetts courts do to decide child support is by examining what support would be in the best interest of a child. First, it will decide custody, and then, if the parent with custody of child needs support, they will decide an amount of child support based on several factors.
The most common factors include the following:
- Parenting time (custody & visitation)
- Each parent’s income
- Estimated cost of childcare
- Extraordinary medical expenses
- Extracurricular activities
- Relationship to alimony
- Additional revenue (commissions, bonuses, etc.)
- Health insurance coverage
- Number of children
- And more
If two parents receive equal custody of a child, the court will examine the finances of both parents, and calculate their child support amounts. Then, they will take the difference between the two and adjust how much each parent receives for child support.
Massachusetts Child Support Modifications
Finances change for individuals, and so does child support. If a person providing child support makes less money suddenly, or if the person receiving child support receives new sources of income, a court may be convinced to modify child support.
Child support modifications might be allowed by a court if:
- The amount would be different if it was recalculated using current standards
- Health insurance costs have changed, or was previously not available and is now
- Any other substantial change in your circumstances
Call Our Beverly Child Support Attorneys Today at (508) 502-7002
The only way to obtain the child support payments or modification that you need is by getting the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. Massachusetts courts make decisions based on what they determine to be best for the children, and an attorney will help you make a case for your child support agreement should be. At Miller Law Group, P.C., clients receive the benefit of an entire firm of experienced attorneys. We regularly meet to discuss cases so our clients can be certain that their needs are being approached from multiple angles. Additionally, our case preparation involves a whole team of specialists who will gather as much evidence as your case requires. To learn your child support options, call us today.
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