Beverly Child Support Attorney

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Have Changed

Until recently, calculating Massachusetts child support payments was a fairly simple process. If one parent had primary custody of a child, that parent could have expected to receive a certain amount of child support based on the parents' income. If both parents shared custody, there was a separate calculation.

In 2013, the state's child support guidelines were revised to allow for several methods of calculating support:

  • A standard calculation when one parent has primary custody and the noncustodial parent has about one-third of the parenting time.
  • A "deviation" from the standard calculation allowing for a greater child support obligation when the noncustodial parent spends less than one-third of the time parenting the child as the custodial parent.
  • A "dual calculation" that factors both parents' incomes when each spends roughly half the time with the child.
  • A "hybrid calculation" when the nonprimary parent spends between one-half and one-third of the time with the child.
  • A calculation for multi-child families when at least one child lives mostly with each parent.
  • A calculation for combined incomes exceeding $250,000 that still requires clear definition.

The new variables have greatly complicated the options for parents seeking child support decrees. It has also introduced flexibility into a system that was known for being rigid. One thing is clear as a result of these changes: It is more important than ever that any potential payer or recipient of child support obtains a skilled and experienced child custody attorney.

Skilled And Experienced Child Support Attorney Serving Essex, Suffolk And Middlesex Counties

At the Law Office of Mary Jo Pothier, in Beverly Farms, we are highly experienced in Massachusetts family law matters that affect children, including child custody and support. Our attorney is well-versed in changes to state laws and can guide you through the increasingly complicated child support landscape. With our representation and advocacy, you can pursue the child support that is right for your child and complies with state law.

Contact us online or by calling 978-927-9298 for a courtesy initial consultation with our lawyer. She will listen to you and discuss your options, and if you choose to retain her services, she will be your loyal advocate throughout your legal process.