By: Rachel L. Engdahl, Esq. The decision has been made. You and your spouse are getting divorced. Now what? One…
Massachusetts Child Support Laws
How Much Child Support Will be Required in Your Case?
Child support is money paid by one parent to the other in order to assist with the financial needs of children when the parents no longer live together. In Massachusetts, child support payments are determined in accordance with the Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines take into account the parties’ income, health insurance expenses, and child care expenses.
How Do I Collect My Child Support Payments?
Child support payments can be made directly from one parent to the other or though the Department of Revenue. The decision on how to collect child support is solely made by the parent receiving the support.
Child Custody and Parenting Time / Visitation in Massachusetts
We understand that your children mean the world to you, and we will work with compassion and diligence to obtain your objectives. We are sensitive to the fact that each family is unique and will work with you to protect the best interest of your children.
There are two types of child custody in Massachusetts: Physical Custody and Legal Custody. Parents may have joint, sole, or split custody arrangements.
- The parent or parents who have Legal Custody of the child have the right and responsibility to make major decisions regarding the child’s welfare including matters of education, medical care, and emotional, moral, and religious development.
- Sole physical custody is when the child is under the supervision of one parent for a majority of the time, subject to reasonable visitation by the other parent.
Parenting Time / Visitation
With the understanding that no family is identical, we will make sure that your parenting time or visitation will be unique and fit your specific needs. In a case where one parent has physical custody of a child, the other parent will have specific, carved out time with their children.
Department of Revenue (DOR) Support Hearing
In some specific cases, child support payments are made via the Department of Revenue. If you fall under this category, you may have received a notice for a hearing if you have been late in making a payment or if the other party would like to modify the current payments.
Although the DOR may represent the other parent, you have the right to hire an attorney. These hearings may result in a child support order that could last for 23 years.
Child support issues can be complicated, and can greatly affect both the paying and receiving spouse. Let us help you simplify the process by working diligently to obtain the outcome that you want and deserve.
If you would like more information, please call us at (617) 973-6446 or email us Rachel@rachelengdahllaw.com