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How does Massachusetts child support affect international travel?

Residents of Quincy and Norfolk County likely have a variety of financial obligations, from utility bills to rent and mortgage payments to student loans. Residents who are parents also have the everyday expenses of raising a child. In cases where parents are no longer together, the non-custodial parent may have child support obligations.

How does Massachusetts deal with failure to pay child support?

One of the most important issues for a divorced or unmarried couple in Massachusetts that shares a child is the amount of child support that will be paid and keeping up with the payments. When the supporting parent is found to having committed a failure to pay child support, the law has certain tactics it will use to get the payments up-to-date. While many view this as punishment, it is in reality an attempt to get the supporting parent to adhere to the child support guidelines to adequately care for the child.

What sources of income are used to calculate child support in MA?

Whether married or not, when a couple in Massachusetts shares a child, it is of paramount importance that the child's financial needs are adequately provided for. That means there will be a home to live in, clothes on his or her back, food in the refrigerator and cupboard, every day expenses and other financial accommodations to care for the child. The state has guidelines that dictate the amount the supporting parent will pay to the custodial parent. A common concern among parents who are paying and receiving child support -- and one that often arises during a child support dispute -- is which sources of income are subject to being part of the calculation of how much will be paid.

How our firm can help in a child support case

Child support is always a contentious issue whenever a child's biological parents no longer live in the same household. While in that perfect world a Massachusetts parent could live in such a way where he or she does not have to count on the support of the noncustodial parent, such a case is rarely the reality.

Divorce can bring substantial pain to children

A child who watches parents go through the process of divorce often has their world turned upside down. Their future becomes uncertain. Where they will live, whom they will spend Christmas with and what school they will attend, may all change. This uncertainty brings much stress to a child and can affect their day-to-day wellbeing.

Supporting children throughout a divorce

Parents with children are no stranger to their kids' tendencies, attitudes and behaviors. When a life-altering event occurs, however, children may act in a way that is foreign to their parents. Divorce is one event that can turn a child's world upside down. Parents must work with their children throughout the divorce process in order to give their child as much emotional support as possible.

An overview of child support in Massachusetts

Child support payments assist many Massachusetts children across the state. These payments help provide financial support to a child who may otherwise only have support from one parent. The payments prove beneficial to the state as well, because they keep many children and families from needing public assistance.

How is child support determined?

As couples with children go through the process of separating, many have questions regarding the amount of child support that they will either receive or have to pay. Although determining child support is based on many concrete factors, such as the number of children, the amount of support can vary.

Understanding how to enforce child support after divorce

Attempting to get child support from a noncustodial parent can be incredibly frustrating. Often times, arguments result from missed payments, late payments or even payments that have stopped entirely. This can be especially frustrating when one knows that the other parent has the ability to make the payments. In situations where a parent is not getting the child support that has been ordered by the court, they might have options.