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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.

Parents can come to an agreement on child support by using multiple routes. They might attend mediation where they decide amongst themselves who will be the primary custodial parent and who will make payments, for instance. The most common route is through the court, where a judge will determine an arrangement that focuses on the best interests of the child. 

A great deal of effort is made to ensure that child support is calculated fairly. Income, cost of childcare, health insurance and received Social Security benefits are all considered in the child support formula. The total amount that is decided upon is deemed necessary to provide the child with satisfactory care, while also ensuring that the parent paying can afford the payments.

Child support laws and procedures in Massachusetts can be difficult to understand. If you are going through a divorce or have questions regarding child support, speaking with an experienced attorney might be very beneficial for your situation.     

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