There are set guidelines and state formulas for child support in Massachusetts. A judge can deviate from the formula if individual circumstances warrant a change. Modifications and difficulty in paying or receiving payments can make navigating Child Support issues more complex than sticking to a formula. Having an experienced family law attorney who will guide you through the process is a necessity as modifications or difficulties may arise at any time. It is never advisable to handle child support issues on your own. With the family lawyers at Shapiro Law Group, PC in your corner, you can feel confident that the best possible resolution will be obtained for your Child Support case. You will also get the individual attention your case needs as no two Child Support cases are the same.
What Factors Determine an Amount for Child Support
A number of factors determine the amount set for Child Support. One main factor is the gross income of the parents. The time a child spends with each parent is also a factor. For the non-custodial parent, the number of children and any support paid for children from a previous relationship or marriage is also considered. For the custodial parent who will receive payment, the cost of child care is factored in to a Child Support ruling. For the parent who is paying health insurance costs, these payments are also factored into the Child Support number.
Modifications are common after a Child Support amount has been set. A parent may seek to either increase the amount received or decrease the amount he or she has to pay. Life circumstances that lead to a parent seeking a modification in Child Support can include:
- Change in employment or income
- Relocation that impacts visitation or adds to the expenses for a child to travel for visits
- Child’s needs change as they get older
- Illness or other reason a parent is unable to fulfill obligation
Aside from modifications and initial rulings, it may be necessary to have legal counsel if you have fallen behind in Child Support payments. In Massachusetts, the consequences for failure to pay can be severe and can include jail time and a loss of your license. This can lead to further financial hardship. We can help you minimize the impact of missed or back due payments and negotiate a resolution for your case.
At Shapiro Law Group, PC it is our goal to help you negotiate the terms of Child Support and guide a parent through difficulties or obstacles that arise after a ruling. We provide flexible and ongoing support, so you always have an advocate looking out for your best interests. With our help, you can be prepared for a review of Child Support or any other issue. We can help present your situation in the best possible light so you get the resolution you need. Let us handle your Child Support issues as soon as possible and also help you navigate any changes as they occur. With our dedication and personal attention, you can rest assured your rights as a parent are protected and your Child Support issues are handled with the compassion and understanding your case requires. The attorneys at Shapiro Law Group, PC, are ready to help you. Contact a Massachusetts Child Support attorney today to set up your free initial consultation. (339) 298-2300.