Child Support in Massachusetts

In a Massachusetts divorce, one parent may be ordered by the court to pay child support. Under Massachusetts law, both parents are required to support their children—and this is true regardless of marital status (whether the parents are married, divorced, separated, or were never married). The parent the child lives with is termed the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent may be required to pay child support. Child support is complicated, but there are several things you should know. One, child support may be used to pay for housing, food, clothing, education, and insurance and medical costs. Two, if one parent has received an order for child support and the other parent is not paying it, payment can be compelled. The procedure is to file a Complaint for Contempt with the appropriate Court. This means that, if the other parent does not obey the child support order, he or she can
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I am a single mom and would like to move to Boston.

Additional Information: I would like to move to Boston where my new husband will be. I have a 1 and a half year old whose father rarely sees her and there is no child support order. I told him I wouldn’t take him for support because he is already paying $1000 month for another child. (He and I were never married.) What do I need to do as far as custody rights so that we can move to Boston? ATTORNEY ANSWER: I am sorry that you are going through this and I hope that your new relationship works out. Right now since there is no child support or paternity issue and you are not in court, there is nothing legally stopping you from moving. If however, there was a court action started by him or by you prior to your move and prior to you establishing jurisdiction in Massachusetts then
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One Half is Not Always One Half

New Math If your spouse makes X per year and you are going through a divorce in Massachusetts make sure you discuss this concern with your lawyer because no matter who you hire, the math stays the same, dividing one income is still dividing one income. A strong divorce attorney will persuade the court that you are entitled to more than one half that way you can live the lifestyle you were accustomed to during the marriage. Paying Spouse The court is going to try and be fair. However if your divorce attorney does not argue that you should not pay more than one half then you may have to. The child support guidelines are what they are, but a strong divorce attorney can protect you from paying more than you have to. Your attorney’s job is to protect you, ethically and aggressively. Schedule a consultation Contact us if you
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Divorce Thoughts – Choosing your divorce attorney

Don’t listen to everyone Each divorce case is different and each divorce is unique. Spend some time with a few different divorce attorneys before you make a decision and find the one whom you feel most comfortable. A long term marriage with children usually results in child support and/or alimony however that is not always the case. There is not an always in Probate Court, if you are a working spouse or a homemaker, find the right attorney for you. Many times with enough work the amount of alimony can increase, decrease or not be awarded. Many times the child support can be increased or decreased. Each divorce involves specific facts and circumstance for the husband and wife. Don’t rush This is the separation of your life. Don’t feel rushed or bullied by anyone. In most circumstances the court will do what is fair. If you don’t feel something is
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