How to Decrease Child Support Payments
Massachusetts Child Support Lawyers
While every child has a fundamental right to be financially supported by both parents, you have a right to seek a reduction in child support if your income has been reduced through no fault of your own. You may be enduring hardships such as unemployment, a loss of bonuses, or simply an overall downturn in business.
Do Not Go to Your Hearing Unprepared
Support calculations, while they may seem straightforward, can be manipulated. There are a number of different ways to calculate income, percentage of parenting time, the effect of other children in the home, dependency exemptions, etc.
There are a number of factors the judge may consider before decreasing child support, including but not limited to, the following:
- Change in circumstance
- Change in custody
- Decrease in income
- Loss in employment
One misconception about child support is that it’s based on a set of strict mathematical formulas. This is only partially true. Guidelines provide calculations as a starting point, but these amounts can be deviated from for numerous reasons.
Is it Worth Hiring a Child Support Attorney?
Whether to hire a lawyer to help you get your child support reduced comes down to how much support is at issue and for how long. For example, reducing child support by $25 per week with a 6-year-old adds up to a $46,800 savings by the time the child is 18, while the same weekly reduction with a 15- may only save $3,500-4,000, which is the amount it would likely cost to retain an attorney.
The attorneys at Miller Law Group, P.C. are experienced at looking beyond the strict mathematical formulas and evaluating the full scope of child support issues. For a free, no-obligation consultation call us at (508) 502-7002 or fill out a consultation form to schedule a free appointment.