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Massachusetts Child Support

When determining child support, Massachusetts uses the percentage of income formula that makes child support obligations a percentage of the paying parent's income. Massachusetts divorce courts follow official child support guidelines. These guidelines will be followed during a divorce, unless the divorce court decides the process unfair. If the Massachusetts divorce court determines the child support guidelines to be unfair, the court will consider the following:

  • Insufficient financial resources of the paying parent
  • Other child support obligations from previous marriages
  • Extraordinary expenses, such as travel for visitation or uninsured medical expenses
  • Unusual circumstances

The Massachusetts divorce court may order a parent to provide maintenance, support, health insurance and education for a minor child. Find out how the circumstances in your divorce may affect the amount you are ordered to pay or receive. Speak with a local Massachusetts divorce lawyer about how to modify child support or get help with Massachusetts child support enforcement. Connect today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Massachusetts divorce case review form to get help protecting your child's financial future.

The above synopsis of Massachusetts divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Massachusetts divorce lawyer in your area.

Massachusetts divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.