When parents separate and children are involved, most often one party will be required to pay child support. This is true even if the parties share legal and physical custody equally if there are disparate incomes between them. While child support is set by the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, the court has the discretion to deviate from the Guidelines if the situation calls for it.
The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines consider several factors in determining what amount should be paid by the payor including: 1) the gross incomes of the parties; 2) the cost of health insurance; 3) the cost of any prior child support orders; and 4) child care costs. Many people forget to consider the cost of extracurricular activities and uninsured medical bills when negotiating a Separation Agreement. Because these costs are not calculated in the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, you should make sure they have been properly addressed. We will make certain that whether you are paying child support or receiving child support, these additional expenses are properly incorporated into any judgment.
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