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How Much Child Support Is Too Much Child Support, and How Can the Payments Be Modified?

When two parents separate, Massachusetts law requires the non-custodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. This is intended to offset the custodial parent’s expenses for caring for the child or children. The amount of child support is determined by a judge, according to state-established guidelines that are based on the income of both parents, among other factors. Most of…

Mediation for Unmarried Parents

Like parents who are married, unmarried parents have to come together to make decisions about their children. When it becomes difficult for two people to agree on how a child should be raised, it’s almost always beneficial to turn to mediation. What Are Your Rights as Unmarried Parents under Massachusetts Law? The children of unmarried parents have the same rights under Massachusetts…

Two More Errors Found in 2017 Child Support Guidelines

After publishing yesterday’s post about an error we found in the 2017 auto-calculations, we heard from other attorneys about two other problems with the 2017 guidelines calculations.  These errors are, in fact, more serious as they aren’t merely a problem with the way a worksheet translates the calculations, they’re problems with the formula for calculation themselves. The first, along with examples highlighting…

Error in Child Support Guidelines Worksheet Published by the Court

PSA: Double Check Your 2017 Child Support Guidelines By Hand And Using Our App Massachusetts has just published new child support guidelines calculations and as Gabriel pointed out in his Lawyer’s Weekly interview, they’re, well, a little bit complicated. Several years ago, we created the Massachusetts Divorce App based on a need to be able to quickly generate child support and alimony…

2017 New Child Support Guidelines

Every 4 years, the probate and family court issues a new set of Child Support Guidelines.  The changes are meant to reflect economic realities, changes in the law, and help to clarify how child support amounts are set in Massachusetts. Notable Changes to the Child Support Guidelines: Minimum Presumptive Order If a payor doesn’t make enough money to pay the child support…

Child Support Enforcement In Massachusetts

Child support is a resented and necessary component of family law. Since both parents are obligated to support their children, it is an issue in every divorce involving children. You will also not avoid the issue in a paternity case even if there is no desire to collect support from the other party. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts already declared by law that…

Custody and Child Support Laws for Unmarried Couples

Romantic relationships don’t always work out, and when children are involved, situations can become complicated. When romantic partners — whether married or not — have a child together, both parents are responsible for the child’s well-being. For unmarried parents, the circumstances of a relationship can vary significantly. Some unmarried parents are part of a committed couple who live together, while others may…

What happens if divorced parents disagree on a guardian for their child?

Usually when the first parent passes away, that parent will not have a say in who will be in charge of raising the child.  In most cases, the surviving parent will take custody.  Exceptions to this would be if the parent has a history of abuse, if the parent doesn’t want custody of the child, or if the parent is in prison. …

How is Alimony Different from Separate Support?

Separate support is a term that we use to describe all types of monetary support mandated by the court.

I have a child support order from another state and now I need to change it, what can I do?

One of the tricky areas of Massachusetts law is how to treat child support orders from other states.  This area of law can get complicated, and if you’re dealing with this issue, it’s one of the times that the help of an attorney is pretty much indispensable.  In these cases, we aren’t talk about something that’s based primarily on the facts (“substantive…