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Situations where child custody arrangements may be modified

There are a number of reasons why family law judges in Massachusetts and around the country may modify child custody arrangements. Judges award custody and visitation based on what they consider to be in the child's best interests, and they may revisit and revise these decisions when the situations of custodial or noncustodial parents have changed. Custodial parents may also lose primary physical custody when police notify the courts of incidents of domestic violence or reports from teachers or social workers suggest that children may be living in dangerous environments.

Emancipation before the age of 18 and child support

A Massachusetts parent who pays child support and whose child has become emancipated might not have to continue with that obligation. Generally, children are considered emancipated when they reach the age of 18. However, there are other circumstances in which a child may become emancipated before this point.

How a disability can impact child support payments

If a parent in Massachusetts or anywhere else in America is required to pay child support, that obligation generally won't end should he or she become disabled. However, it may be difficult for a disabled individual to continue working, which may affect whether a parent with custody continues to receive support from his or her child's noncustodial mother or father.

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