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From purchasing school supplies to paying for extracurricular activities to simply putting food on the table, there’s no getting around it — raising kids in Massachusetts is expensive. It can be difficult enough to transition from two incomes to one, but throwing children in the mix complicates matters even more. Child support exists to make sure that you have the financial means to continue providing for your children, and any changes to you or your ex’s income may require a modification.

If you are the primary custodian of your children, you should receive child support payments from the other parent. This is true even if you currently work and earn enough to pay all of your bills, as your children’s other parent still has a legal responsibility to provide financial support. Your income will likely be considered when determining an appropriate amount. Other factors may include: 

  • Childcare costs 
  • Health insurance 
  • Dental and vision plans 

These factors are all part of the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Most judges strictly adhere to these support guidelines, which may work for some families, but not all. If the amount of support set by the judge was too low or if you experienced a change in income or expenses, you should seek a modification of your support order as soon as possible. Doing so in a timely manner is important for ensuring adequate financial support for your children. 

Child support payments are not arbitrary nor are they a punishment to the noncustodial parent. This support is essential to the financial security of children whose parents are divorced or were never married in the first place. For more information on seeking child support or a modification of an existing agreement. From purchasing school supplies to paying for extracurricular activities to simply putting food on the table, there’s no getting around it — raising kids is expensive. It can be difficult enough to transition from two incomes to one, but throwing children in the mix complicates matters even more. Child support exists to make sure that you have the financial means to continue providing for your children. If you are the primary custodian of your children, you should receive child support payments from your ex-spouse. This is true even if you currently work and earn enough to pay all of your bills, as your children’s other parent still has a legal responsibility to provide financial support. Your income will likely be considered when determining an appropriate amount. Other factors may include: Childcare costs Health insurance Dental and vision plans These factors are all part of the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Most judges strictly adhere to these support guidelines, which may work for some families, but not all. If the amount of support set by the judge was too low or if you experienced a change in income or expenses, you should seek a modification of your support order as soon as possible. Doing so in a timely manner is important for ensuring adequate financial support for your children. Child support payments are not arbitrary nor are they a punishment to the non-custodial parent. This support is essential to the financial security of children whose parents are divorced or were never married in the first place. For more information on seeking or modifying child support agreements, be sure to visit our website for more information.

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