All parents have an obligation to support their children. Massachusetts child support laws aim to give children of unmarried parents the same resources that children of married parents enjoy. These laws are based on the resources of the parents and the needs of the children.
How Is Child Support Calculated?
Different states have different formulas for determining child support payments. In Boston, MA, child support law follows a shared income model. Massachusetts courts calculate payments based on the income of each parent and the number of children they have. The mathematical formula for child support law comes from economic studies about what families spend to raise children.
How Do You File for Child Support?
A court can enter a child support order as part of a divorce case. If the parents have never been married, a parent can begin a court case just for the purposes of establishing custody, parenting time, and child support.
Can You Appeal It?
There are times that you may need to ask a court to change an existing child support order. If you have a change in income, the court can reevaluate support. You can also request a change if your health insurance or the children's expenses change significantly.
How Can We Help?
Robert Badger is an experienced litigator who resolves his clients' disputes both in and out of court. He concentrates his practice in special education and family law disputes. A skilled and experienced attorney can be crucial to reaching a child support order that reflects the true resources of the parents and the needs of the child.
You may have questions as to how the law applies in your case. Or you may need help gathering evidence and arguing your case in court. The Law Offices of Robert E. Badger can help you present your case in a convincing way that the court can understand. If you have child custody or support questions, we invite you to contact our Boston, MA office at 617-963-3599. We look forward to hearing from you.