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.
In Massachusetts, the custodial parent is legally entitled to child support on a weekly basis from the non-custodial parent. There are multiple factors that determine the amount of the support, including the health care needs of the kids, income of the parents, child care expenses and more. The amount is calculated by using the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.
The custodial parent may feel that he or she is not receiving an adequate amount of support to allow for continuity of lifestyle and provide for the daily needs of the kids. In some cases, the non-custodial parent may be unable to pay the full amount of support outlined in the order because of a job loss or other financial circumstances. Parents have the right to seek a legal solution to these issues by obtaining a modification.
We know how complicated financial matters can be after a divorce is final. It is important to handle these matters correctly, not by verbal agreement alone, but by working with a lawyer to pursue the most appropriate legal option. We are able to explain your options for a modification and protect your rights; contact our Massachusetts team for an appointment to learn your options.