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Supporting Massachusetts children through a difficult divorce

When a divorce is underway, children in Massachusetts may become overwhelmed. In their eyes, there are so many unanswered questions such as "Why is this happening?" "Where will I live?" and "Is this my fault?" Because children can have a difficult time handling the effects of an adult divorce proceeding, it is important to make sure they have ample support to enhance their understanding and development.

Kids often ask tough questions when their parents are divorcing. Parents should always reassure their child that they are loved. The divorce process is one that is happening because of differences between the parents and not because of them. Parents should be open and honest with their kids about the divorce but avoid involving their children in the conflicts that are taking place between the adults.

Children do not only need emotional support during a divorce but also financial support. In Massachusetts, a child support order is set into place by the family court. This order gives guidelines in regards to how much should be paid to the custodial parent in order to care for the child. Child support payments can be used for the child's food, clothing, schooling, medical expenses and other various needs.

Several factors are taken into consideration when the court determines the appropriate amount for child support. A major factor is the non-custodial parent's income but others factors include the number of children and the needs of the children. The guidelines can also be deviated from when a significant reason for the deviation exists.

Children of divorce are at a particularly difficult time in their lives. This is why Massachusetts parents are encouraged to protect the futures of their children both emotionally and financially. When faced with child support questions, speaking with a legal professional may help divorcing parents better understand the process facing them so that they can better explain it to their children.

Source: Huffington Post, "Children of Divorce: How to Answer Their Three Most Important Questions," Adriana Velez, July 06, 2013