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Obtaining the right child support agreement can be the most important parts of a divorce. Parents who need child support require an amount which enables them to provide a comfortable life to their child. Those who might pay child support need a fair agreement which is not excessive.
If you’re facing the possibility of needing or paying child support, then you need to help of a law firm focused on family law. Miller Law Group, P.C. has helped families throughout Massachusetts, and we are ready to be the difference makers that your child support case needs. We protect the rights of our clients, and always pursue agreements which are fair for them and their children.
Call our Quincy child support lawyers today at (508) 502-7002 for a free consultation. A member of our team is ready to help you discover your options.
How Does Massachusetts Decide Child Support?
The most important aspect of a child support decision for courts is what they deem to be most fair to a child. There are no set percentages of child support and courts do not order someone to pay child support simply because they are the mother or father of a child. Instead, courts try to look at the financial situations of both parents, how much time a child spends with both, and what amount of support would be most beneficial to the child.
The most common child support incluencers 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 share custody of a child, they should have child support adjusted according to the time the child spends with both parents. By doing this, the state tries to ensure that the child has a consistent quality of life in both households.
Child Support Modifications in MA
Finances are never constant. So, a person might need a child support modification whether they are paying it or receiving it. Child support might be modified because of a new job, the loss of a job, or changes in a person’s living situation.
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
Essentially, anything that causes a change in a person’s finances can trigger a child support modification. For example, if a person received significant child support payments but married a new person or found a higher paying job, their former spouse could pursue a modification. Hiring an attorney is the best way to ensure that your child support modification request is thorough.
Our Quincy Child Support Lawyers Are Ready to Talk at (508) 502-7002
No matter what situation you are in regarding your child support, our Quincy child support attorneys are ready to help you. We are ready to approach your case from every angle to help ensure that we explore every option for your child support amount. There is no such thing as winning in a child support. Instead, we’ll protect your rights while pursuing a child support agreement which is fair and legally sound.
Call our team today for a free consultation at (508) 502-7002. We’ve helped hundreds of families in Massachusetts and are ready to do the same for you!
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