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If you are going through a divorce, you likely have countless questions regarding child support. Massachusetts requires parents to financially support their children, whether they are in the child’s life or not. One parent gives the other parent child support to help raise their child and to ensure their needs are met. If you need child support or you anticipate paying child support, you will need an experienced attorney on your side to ensure the agreement is fair while meeting all your child's needs. At Miller Law Group, P.C., we are dedicated to guiding clients through all types of family law matters, including creating child support agreements. Our goal is to understand what you want so we can get the best possible result for your needs.
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Considerations for Child Support Plans in Massachusetts
Massachusetts courts consider a variety of factors when determining a child support plan. Once the court decides which parent will have physical custody of the child, they will determine how much the other parent will have to provide in child support. Since every case is unique, they will review the parent's situation to decide. Judges only make decisions based on the evidence in front of them, so ensuring that your case is thoroughly prepared is the best way to get a positive outcome.
The factors that judges and courts will consider for child support plan 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
For parents who have equal child custody, the court will still examine the finances of both parents. If they see that there is a significant difference in income, the court may order one parent to provide the other with child support.
Massachusetts Child Support Modifications
If you already have a child support agreement and you have experienced financial changes since then, you can still make modifications to your child support. For example, if you lost your job or make less money, you can request a modification to reduce your child support every month.
Child support modifications might be made by a court if:
- The child support payment amount would be different if it were recalculated using current standards
- Health insurance costs have changed or was previously not available, and now it is
- Or another substantial change in circumstances that may affect their financial situation
You only have one chance every three years to request a child support modification, so make sure you don't waste your chance: call an attorney to prepare your case for you. Our familiarity with the judges in Burlington allow us to give your case an extra advantage, making it more likely you'll receive a fair and positive outcome.
Call Burlington Child Support Attorneys at (508) 502-7002!
If you need legal assistance with child support or modifications, the Burlington child support lawyers at Miller Law Group, P.C. are ready to help. Our team knows all the judges and courts in Massachusetts; we know how to present cases that will be best received by the judge presiding over your particular case. We also have extensive experience helping hundreds of clients throughout Massachusetts with all types of family law matters. Let our team guide you from beginning to end so that you can obtain a just and favorable outcome that's fair to you and your children.
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