Child Support FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
Child Support FAQs
Massachusetts Child Support

Do you have support questions?

We have compiled a list of questions we hear regularly from our clients regarding child support and have provided the answers below.

As my Massachusetts divorce moves forward, how will my child support responsibilities be calculated?

Child support payments in Massachusetts are based on each of your respective incomes, a percentage of total income in the home that can provide for necessities of life. The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines do provide for deductions such as health insurance, dental insurance, other support orders to other children as well as day care costs.

In Massachusetts, child support is treated separately from contributions toward college expenses. The parenting plan also factors into what the final guideline will be. The party who has the children more is entitled to a greater proportional share when the calculation is figured. If two parties have joint physical custody and make the same amount of money, there will likely be no child support ordered.

My employer is experiencing financial difficulties and I might lose my job. If that happens, is it possible to adjust my child support payments until I am employed again?
What if I’m left without income for a long period of time?
What happens if the paying parent overlooks or ignores his or her financial obligations after the divorce?
How long am I going to have to pay child support for in Massachusetts?
Do I have to accept the court’s determination? What if the other parent and I reach an agreement on child support?
What is the advantage of having an attorney represent me for a child support matter?
Can I Apply for Child Support Services Directly With Massachusetts?
How much money is the judge going to make me pay in child support?