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Massachusetts adopted children to have legal counsel

Contested private adoption cases in Massachusetts will frequently involve attorneys who represent the adoptive parents, particularly when child custody is at issue. But until recently, the adopted child did not necessarily have a recognized right to legal representation. That may be about to change, though, according to an order from the Chief Justice of the state's Family and Probate Court.

Calculating child support payments in Massachusetts

Mothers and fathers are legally obligated to financially support their children, regardless of their status with the other parent. Massachusetts courts often assist parents with custody agreements and arranging child support payments. Child support helps to cover the cost of the everyday expenses of raising the child, such as healthcare and education, as well as the cost of living. Though most parents are required to make child support payments until their son or daughter reaches the age of 18, payments can be required through the child’s early 20s or even longer, depending on the situation.

Child support for children over the age of 18

A parent’s obligation to support his or her child usually ends when the child is emancipated. Under Massachusetts law, a child is considered to be legally emancipated when he or she turns 18. As a result, child support generally is intended for children under the age of 18. Of course, there are exceptions.

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