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Low income fathers may benefit from child support modification

Child support is important; it helps custodial parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere pay for the food, medical care and other necessities all children need. What happens, though, when a father is struggling economically and cannot make the court-ordered payments in the full amount? Instead of these fathers losing access to their children and the children losing the positive influence their male parent provides, many advocates are pushing for a modification of the child support system.

Massachusetts children may benefit from child support enforcement

Most Massachusetts parents want what is best for their children. Studies have demonstrated that the more opportunities and resources children have access to, the better they do. However, it takes money to be able to afford those resources, and this is where things can get complicated for single parents with limited income. This, then, is why child support enforcement can be so important.

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines may answer some questions

When a Massachusetts couple divorces and one spouse will be responsible for paying child support, he or she may have many questions about it. The truth is that most questions have multiple answers -- depending on the circumstances. Many of the questions may be answered by referring to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, but the dynamics of each family are unique, and a family law attorney may be helpful.

Need a modification of a child support order? We can help.

Divorce is a complex process, but life goes on, and for many people, life continues to change after the process is final. When financial circumstances change, parents may find that they are unable to effectively provide for their kids or meet the obligations outlined in their child support order. When this occurs, it is important to seek a legal modification of the support order and to refrain from verbal agreements with the other parent. 

Massachusetts child support guidelines: Worcester Family Court

Going to court over child support can be intimidating, especially for those who are not familiar with the court system. There are Massachusetts child support guidelines that apply to parents all over the state regarding payment amounts, modification and enforcement options; however, the details of how things are handled in family court may vary depending on where one lives. This column will try to address some common concerns parents in the Worcester area may have about going family court for child support cases.

Massachusetts child support enforcement: Criminal charges

A father in another state is in pretty hot water for his alleged failure to pay child support payments. This particular individual is now facing criminal charges which could result in prison time and hefty fines if he is convicted. As is true in Massachusetts, filing criminal charges is an enforcement option that may be utilized in the father's state. In the end, a non-custodial parent could find him or herself hurting personally and professionally.

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines: Paying support Q and A

Regardless of where one lives, when dealing with a child support order, it is completely normal to have questions. The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines have been put in place to address many concerns of both custodial and non-custodial parents. This column will briefly touch on a few questions facing those who have been ordered to pay child support.

Getting a child support modification, what needs to be done?

There are several reasons parents in Massachusetts or elsewhere may want to request changes to standing child support orders. Successfully obtaining a modification is a possibility -- under the right circumstances. However, it can take a little work.

Massachusetts child support enforcement: Jail time

Failing to pay child support can land a parent is a great deal of hot water. For instance, some may not know that those who are behind on paying this financial obligation can be arrested. While this is not often the first line of defense in child support enforcement in Massachusetts, it is a possibility when other options fail.

Massachusetts child support enforcement: Garnishing wages

When it comes to child support, many custodial parents or legal guardians in Massachusetts may find that they need help collecting payments. There are various enforcement options offered in the state to help with this issue. One in particular is through the garnishment of wages.

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