What is child support for?

During the divorce process, people may have to make many decisions. One of these decisions can include child support. This compensation is needed to support a child’s life financially. Children are always put first in the eyes’ of their parents. Parents want to ensure that during divorce proceedings their children are not facing emotional turmoil. Divorce can be a hard thing for children to wrap their heads around. They may not fully understand the concept of divorce. Either way, they should be reassured that they will have both their parents in their lives to ensure they are happy and healthy. During this time, children can be sensitive and act out against their parents. Depending on their age, their behavior can change due to their level of understanding on what is going on. Parents need to make sure they are still providing for their children. For divorce cases, child custody and child support should be arranged to finalize a divorce.

Child support can be decided on by a judge after they consider factors that relate to the child’s health and happiness. The lives of each parents are taken into account to see how much they can provide for the child and how healthy their environment is. Massachusetts judges have to review various factors to determine the best support structure for the child that can include a range of aspects that consider each parent’s status and the child’s well-being. These factors consist of the financial status of each parent, each party’s work history and each party’s earning capacity. In addition to this, the income, debt and assets of each parent are considered. The judge can estimate how much each parent can provide for the child financially by looking into all of these factors. Judges consider the amount of time the child spends living with each parent. Since the court needs to decide with the best interests of the child in mind, they consider a variety of factors involving the child. This includes the child’s needs, age, health, education and the cost of providing for the child, including daycare. When children are involved in divorce cases, judges will try to rule in the child’s best interests to protect them and keep them healthy. The judge considers anything that can affect the child’s stability. They want to ensure the child maintains a good relationship with their parents.

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