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Custody battle in surrogate case

Massachusetts residents might have heard about a case in which a couple who hired a surrogate are now trying to get custody of the child she bore. The surrogate signed a contract and became pregnant with a child from her egg and the husband's sperm.

Tax issues for divorcing couples with children

Massachusetts residents who are going through a divorce may need to consider a number of issues regarding taxes, and one thing spouses with children need to think about is child support. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, $32.9 billion was owed for child support around the country in 2013, but only around 70 percent of that was received.

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.

My ex is not paying child support, what do I do?

If you are expecting child support from a person who is ordered to pay support in the state of Massachusetts and that money does not come, you could be up against serious budget issues that leave you unable to provide your child with all of their needs. Child support payments are designed to help cover a bit of the financial burden of raising children. When you are a single parent, this becomes an important part of your family’s income. Delinquent child support payments are unlawful, and turning to legal authorities for child support enforcement could be necessary to get your children the money that they need.

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.

Prison and failure to pay child support in Massachusetts

Ensuring that non-custodial parents pay child support is sometimes a challenge for the justice system, and states have various measures in place to enforce child support payment arrangements. In many states, parents who fail to pay child support can have certain funds garnished and can be sent to prison. According to a report in The New York Times, the threat of prison is believed to be an effective incentive for parents who have the ability to pay but refuse to do so.

Child support can be deducted from Social Security benefits

Social Security income is usually safe from garnishment for debts such as credit cards or other unpaid personal debts. However, for those who owe back child support in Massachusetts and most other states, certain types of Social Security income can be garnished to repay this type of debt.

Non-custodial moms may be worse at paying child support

Massachusetts parents may be interested to learn that of the $14.3 billion in unpaid child support in 2011, 32 percent of custodial fathers failed to receive any of the child support they had been awarded versus 25 percent of custodial mothers. The assertion, backed by information from the U.S. Census Bureau, suggests that common beliefs about child support and who does and does not pay may be in error.

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