How Do Courts Determine Child Support in Massachusetts?

Child support is an extremely important, albeit generally-contested divorce issue. If you are someone who requires child support in the state of Massachusetts, you must read on and reach out to our experienced Bristol County divorce attorneys to learn more about how our firm can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines?

The state of Massachusetts has child support guidelines in place to outline the importance and rationale behind child support, as well as what they will consider when determining your child support. The guidelines are in place to ensure the following:

  1. That all parents are financially responsible for their children
  2. That all a child’s survival needs are provided for, and that the child has a higher standard of living, if possible.
  3. The child’s standard of living does not decrease as a result of the divorce
  4. Both parents have a subsistence level of income
  5. Child support can divert from standard guidelines when a child has special needs
  6. Parents will bear any additional costs resulting from the maintenance of two separate households
  7. Non-monetary contributions and involvement of both parents are taken into account
  8. Monetary and/or in-kind contributions of both parents outside of the child support order
  9. All children receive the necessary health care insurance
  10. Ensure child support orders are consistent, simple, and make sense
  11. Streamline administration

How do courts decide on child support terms?

Massachusetts courts analyze several different areas that they consider paramount before officially deciding on your child support terms. Those factors are as follows:

  • The cost of child care
  • The cost of the child’s health insurance
  • The number of children in your household
  • Your child custody arrangement
  • Child-related expenses
  • Sources of income
  • Each party’s earning capacity

When can I stop paying child support in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, most parents will have to pay child support until your child is considered emancipated upon his/her 18th birthday. That being said, if your child has certain special needs or wishes to attend college, you may request the court extend the support until a later date, however, you will need an experienced firm on your side to prove it necessary. Fortunately, you have just found that firm in The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C.

Contact our experienced Bristol County firm

For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.