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In the state of Massachusetts, parents are required to care for their child financially, regardless if they are involved in their child’s life after a divorce or separation. In most cases, the parent with physical custody is the one who receives child support payments to ensure their child’s needs are met. If you need child support or you might be required to make child support payments, it is important to hire an experienced child support lawyer.
The Danvers child support attorneys at Miller Law Group, P.C. have helped countless parents throughout Massachusetts develop long-term child support agreements that met their needs and the needs of their children. Whether you craft an agreement with your spouse out of court or are litigating against them before a judge, you'll need an attorney to effectively present your case. Speak with us today to learn how we can help you.
If you need legal assistance for any family law issue, call our Danvers child support attorneys today at (508) 502-7002!
How Do Massachusetts Courts Determine Child Support Plans?
To determine a child support plan, the court will first determine which parent will have physical custody of the child. Then the court analyzes different factors to come up with a child support plan it believes serves the child's interests best.
The factors that judges consider when deciding on a child support plan include:
- Parenting time (custody & visitation)
- Each parent’s income
- The estimated cost of childcare
- Extraordinary medical expenses
- Extracurricular activities
- Additional revenue (commissions, bonuses, etc.)
- Health insurance coverage
- Number of children
- And more
Parents granted equal physical custody may still be required to pay or receive child support. The court determines the amount in this situation by analyzing the financial security of both parents and then create a child custody agreement if they believe necessary.
Can I Make Child Support Modifications?
Over the course of a child's life, parents are bound to experience significant change. Financial change or other circumstances may necessitate child support modifications. For example, if you make child support payments but you make less money than your spouse, you can request a child support modification. Similarly, if you receive child support and your child's needs have become more costly over time, it justifies increasing the amount you receive for child support.
Child support modifications can be made by the court if:
- The payment amount would be different if it were recalculated using current standards
- Health insurance costs have changed or are now available
- Any other significant change occurred that affect either party’s financial situation
Call Our Danvers Child Support Attorneys at (508) 502-7002!
If you need guidance creating a child support plan or you need help making child support modifications, the Danvers child support lawyers at Miller Law Group, P.C. can help you. Every week, our firm meets to discuss every case we are handling. The entire staff offers their collective advice, counsel, and assistance for each case. Clients get the help and legal support of our entire firm. In addition, our firm is highly familiar with all the judges and courts in Massachusetts. This equips us to tailor cases to be best received by our clients’ judges. Regardless of how complex your case may be, our team will protect your rights and will help you obtain a fair outcome for your child support agreement.
Call us today for a free consultation at (508) 502-7002! Our Danvers child support attorneys are ready to speak with you 24/7!
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