When parents are faced with divorce, they will have to address many matters related to the children. One such matter is child support. A noncustodial parent may be overwhelmed by the mere concept of spending less time with their child than they once did as well as now being legally obligated to make child support payments. In Massachusetts, a parent is obligated to make child support payments until at least the child’s 18th birthday. However, when a child continues their education at college or trade school, the court may impose an extension on the financial obligation. The court can extend a child support obligation until the child turns 23 years old. If a parent believes that they should no longer have to support their child, they may request that the court assesses whether the child is emancipated and financially independent.
The court considers many factors when determining child support, including the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Some factors include:
- The earning capacity of each party
- The cost of caring for the child
- The cost of health insurance for the child
- The number of children that require support
- The custody arrangement
- The age and health of the child
- Other child-related expenses
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