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How Is Child Support Determined?

Are you facing child support determinations? The primary goal of child support is to ensure that the child’s financial needs are met. However, the process of determining child support can be complex and varied, depending on a number of circumstances.

Free consultation: Call 508-761-0931 to set up a time to meet with a Massachusetts-based attorney for child support matters from The Ostendorf Law Group, PLLC.

Massachusetts Family Law Attorneys Advise On Child Support Issues

Child support laws in Massachusetts provide specific guidelines for the court to consider in a divorce case. Some of these factors include:

  • Individual incomes
  • Expenses
  • The needs of the child
  • And many other factors

These guidelines make child support in Massachusetts some of the most expensive in the country for the paying parent.

Parents who are divorced, separated or never married can expect to pay child support in the case of the non-custodial parent, or receive child support in the case of the custodial parent. Child support is not automatic, but must be ordered by the court after filing of one of the following complaints:

  • Complaint for a 209 protective order
  • Complaint for a divorce
  • Complaint to establish paternity
  • Complaint for support — custody — visitation
  • Complaint for child custody
  • Complaint for modification
  • Complaint for separate support (” legal separation”)

From helping educate clients about custody and support obligations, to dealing with payments in arrears or making modifications as circumstances change, The Ostendorf Law Group, offers more than five decades of skilled and attentive legal representation that can make a difference in the lives of your family.

Comprehensive Family Law Representation

Our comprehensive legal services help ensure that we maintain a consistent, comfortable approach to resolving your legal challenges. Other legal issues such as bankruptcy or grandparents’ involvement in child raising can be addressed by our attorneys.

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