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.
If Massachusetts noncustodial parents fall behind on their child support olbigations, their wages might be garnished. The Office of Child Support Enforcement is now updating its forms for employers in relation to this.
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.
Children in Massachusetts and elsewhere in America are generally entitled to receive support until they reach the age of majority. When parents separate or divorce, a court may mandate support payments even if neither party requested them. However, if a parent does initially request child support, he or she may wish to stop the payments in the future.
There are millions of fathers in Massachusetts and the rest of the country who do not reside in the same household as their children. The findings of a new study show that individuals who owe child support tend to have children with multiple partners, see their kids less often and work fewer weeks in the year.
While incarcerated parents in Massachusetts jails or prisons are able to ask for a modification in child support based on a change in circumstances, this is not the case for parents in some other states. On Jan. 19, Barack Obama signed a rule requiring states to allow parents to ask for this modification. So far, the Trump administration has allowed the rule to stand although it is not known whether this will last. The rule was opposed in a bill introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the bill did not make it out of committee.
In Massachusetts, child support obligations do not disappear when one fails to make payments. This is true for support debts even after the child becomes an adult.
As the Federal Child Support Enforcement Program continues to improve, getting more money for more families within the system, the number of single-parent households involved with the program has dropped. In 2014, fewer than 50 percent of custodial parents who were eligible to have child support agreements had them in place. Many of these single parents in Massachusetts and throughout the country may have lower incomes than two-parent households, and this can have an impact on the quality of a child's life, according to reports.
Single parents in Massachusetts may rely on child support payments to provide the essentials for their kids, but sometimes child support is not enough to cover everything. Parents who are going through divorce and expect to receive child support payments are advised to consider what child support will cover and how much extra money raising a child could take.
Massachusetts parents who have been ordered to make child support payments are usually expected to provide health care coverage for their children as well. A judge may order the paying parent to include the child on a group plan that is available through the parent's employer. If the parent can get health care coverage another way, a judge may order the parent to add thechild to that plan.