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.
Individuals in Massachusetts normally don't like to be caught in the middle of two other people's bickering for fear of angering one or the other. Likewise, children who are caught in the middle of a child custody fight may feel helpless and fearful of the outcome. They might fear losing the parent who doesn't end up with full custody of them. The court ultimately has to decide which parent will gain custody in this type of divorce situation.
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 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.
Massachusetts was one of the first states to enact alimony reform to make paying for spousal support more predictable and fair. Paying alimony would be more like paying child support, which would be based on length of marriage and measurable factors instead of differences in amounts and duration with the old approach. This spousal support reform movement has been sweeping the country from Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey to Colorado.
The Brockton Area Fatherhood Program was set up to help troubled men change their lives, be good fathers and keep up with their child support payments. The program teaches men how to be better parents by providing lessons in child safety, how to better express affection and how to have good listening skills. With the help of this program, it is hoped these men will have the support they need to learn the importance of family responsibilities, and how to adhere to Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.
Massachusetts men and women, seeking to dissolve their marriages, may be making common divorce mistakes. These mistakes can include benign oversights and outrageous errors in judgment. Fortunately, they are all avoidable and needn't make divorce proceedings more difficult.
Two people who have wed typically do not expect their marriage to dissolve, so the experience can be traumatizing when it happens. The happiness that once characterized the marriage is replaced with a fear of what will happen to one's belongings. This is a particular concern for people who are in their second or third marriages in Massachusetts. One recent article provides tips on how to prevent divorce from financially destroying one's life.
Child support laws in Massachusetts can be difficult to understand, especially for parents still negotiating their divorce settlement. Child support obligations can impact both parent's finances so it is important for individuals with children to understand how child support is determined and awarded in Massachusetts.