Under Massachusetts law, both parents have a duty to support their child. Typically, following a separation or divorce, only one parent is considered the custodial parent. This is the parent who lives with and has primary care of the child. The support provided by the custodial parent is offered in
How long has it been since you terminated your marriage? Have your circumstances changed since then? While your divorce may last forever, your divorce agreement can change over time. There are many reasons to consider modifying your divorce agreement. Some examples include: a significant change in income that will impact
Divorce cases involving children often require a court decision regarding which parent should have physical and/or legal responsibility. Whether granted joint or sole custody, physical custody designates where the child will actually live. The parent who the child resides with most of the time is considered the custodial parent. The
In most cases, child support ends when a child becomes a legal adult and reaches the “age of emancipation”—typically age 18. However, when a child requires support for a college education, child support mandates change.
In a typical divorce involving children without joint custody, there will be one parent who pays child support. Normally, that parent would be the one who the child does not live with full time. The most common belief is that after the child turns 18, the child support ends.
Child support for a struggling parent can be crucial to caring for their child, so when child support payments wane or stop altogether, this can be detrimental to the livelihood of the child (or children).
If you feel that the child support payments that you have been making are unreasonably high, then you can file for a modification in an attempt to lower the order.
If you pay child support in Massachusetts, you have probably been hearing a lot about the new child support guidelines that took effect on August 1, 2013.
It can be one of the toughest parental obligations to break it to your kids that their parents will no longer be living together.