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Fathers may apply for child support

Some Massachusetts fathers may have considered filing for child support. However, there might still be a perception in some circles that usually only mothers ask for child support. The biological father of Bristol Palin's second child was criticized for asking for child support even though he is not currently caring for the child.

However, in some cases, asking for child support might be necessary to access state services such as health insurance and food stamps. A father might also ask for child support because he has custody at least half of the time and makes less money than the mother.

On the other hand, it might be argued that mothers are usually at a financial disadvantage due to the wage gap and the sacrifices that accompany having a child including time off work for labor and delivery. However, fathers have the same rights that mothers do in receiving child support.

Both mothers and fathers who are facing divorce may want to discuss the situation with an attorney. In some cases, parents might be able to work with their attorneys and with one another to reach a custody agreement that suits them. However, if this is not possible, a judge will make a decision that is in the child's best interests. Factors including income and expenses will be considered in assigning child support payments. Parents who later have situations such as job loss that may require child support modification can return to court to have that child support changed, but they cannot stop paying child support until the legal changes have been put into place. A child might also go to live with the other parent, and this might alter support arrangements.

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