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Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines and paternity testing

Determining parentage can be a difficult subject for some. In accordance with the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, paternity testing may be in order for mothers seeking support or fathers seeking access to their children. Through DNA testing, when necessary, children can benefit from desperately needed support and have the ability to form or maintain relationships with their fathers. On this flip side, DNA testing can also protect one who is falsely accused of fathering a child.

Massachusetts child support guidelines: Interest on late payments

As many parents know, paying child support is not always easy. This is not generally because of a lack of willingness to pay, but rather financial inability. Those who do find themselves behind on payments may face numerous difficulties, as payees and the state will do everything possible to enforce support orders. To serve as encouragement to make ordered payments, Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines allow for interest charges to be added to arrears if they are collected by the Department of Revenue.

Current Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines and the age factor

There are a lot of factors that need to be considered before a child support order can be finalized. The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines cover a lot of ground, and give parents quite a bit to mull over when trying to decide issues of financial responsibility. One of the biggest issues that can cause significant tension between parents is the age factor.

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines and overtime pay rules

As many families are struggling on the economic home front, it is not uncommon for working parents to pick up overtime shifts -- or even a second job -- in order to help their fiscal situations. This is particularly true for those who are ordered to pay child support, either after a divorce or for children conceived out of wedlock, as support payments can take a good chunk of their monthly income. Numerous Massachusetts parents may wonder, though, if taking on overtime or a second job is really going to help their personal financial state or just increase the amount they owe in support payments. To help answer that question, this week's post will look at what the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines say about overtime pay.

Career changes may warrant a modification of child support

Change is an inevitable part of life. When setting up terms in a divorce, particularly anything involving children and finances, it is impossible to predict how future events will affect the ability to stick to those terms successfully. When big changes occur, such as a career change, it is possible for noncustodial parents in Massachusetts to seek a modification of divorce terms that pertain to child support.

Massachusetts child support enforcement options

For one reason or another, custodial parents in Massachusetts may find themselves struggling to obtain child support payments from the non-custodial parent. When this happens, they may feel that there is little they can do, but, the simple truth is, there are child support enforcement programs in place to help with this issue. In this week's post, we are going to share several of the enforcement methods available and how both custodial and non-custodial parents can get help with child support issues.

Child support enforcement mistake lands father in jail

Financial dilemmas can affect parents who are required to pay child support. It also affects Massachusetts parents who are ordered to receive those payments as well. Oftentimes, when back child support is owed, custodial parents contact their local child support enforcement agency for wage garnishment and possibly an arrest warrant.

Creative solutions for enforcement of Massachusetts child support

Massachusetts mothers and fathers may be interested in hearing about an effort that is taking place in another state. Most noncustodial parents understand that paying child support can be difficult when financial circumstances in their lives change. Enforcement of child support orders remains the focus of many states, and one organization is trying to do something about it.

Modification in child support help parents find jobs

When parents divorce, the end result is usually a formal division both parenting rights and responsibilities. The parent who does not retain primary physical custody is often tasked with providing financial support for his or her children through means of child support payments. However, if the aftermath of a turbulent economic recession, many Massachusetts parents find these payments difficult to bear, and are unaware that they can ask for a modification in their existing child support order.

Massachusetts child support guidelines viewed as extortion

Massachusetts child support guidelines have changed in recent years. Child support payments have been gradually increasing. Some people are arguing that there are really no justifications for the increases except that, when the cost of living increases, so does child support payments. They say that the current Massachusetts child support guidelines are flawed, and that the enforcement of these increases are based on personal incentives by government officials. The more child support people have to pay, the more money these agencies collect in their pockets.

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