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Matters of child support are an extremely contested subject in divorce and related family law cases. At Kellem✶Mahoney Family Law & Mediation Group, P.C., we offer both mediation and litigation services for our family law and divorce cases, which means you do not have to go to court if it is not necessary. Working with a Hingham child support lawyer is the most effective way to ensure you are not overpaying or that you are receiving the proper amount of child support.

We put your child's best interests first. Contact our firm now at (781) 304-4001 to schedule an appointment with one of our child support attorneys.

Child Support Calculations in Massachusetts

If you are unable to come to a decision about child support arrangements with the other parent of your child, the decision will be left to the court. Child support settlements are typically part of divorce proceedings, but this can also be a part of legal separations or cases between unmarried parents. Depending on the decision made by the judge, the non-custodial parent will most likely be asked to provide for child care, health insurance, and other needs.

A few factor that the judge considers when making a decision about child support include:

  • The amount of income of each parent
  • The child and health care needs of the child
  • The proposed child custody agreement
  • The education level and earning capacity of each parent

Back Child Support

The state views past-due child support as an installment debt and requires parents to use their assets to pay off this debt as soon as possible. Not even social security disability and unemployment insurance checks remain immune to child support deductions.

How Long must you pay child support in ma?

Child support and its duration is set forth in Ch. 208, s. 28. For children of unmarried parents, the same is provided under Ch. 209C, s. 9. Both statutes state that child support is to be paid until a child turns 23, albeit under restricted circumstances as the child ages. The reasons that “post-minority” child support may continue for adult children vary. The first reason that support may continue after age 18 in Massachusetts is as follows: your child may still be in high school. The Massachusetts child support statutes treat children who have turned 18, but who are still enrolled in high school, as minors for child support.

Contact Kellem✶Mahoney Family Law & Mediation Group, P.C.

Whether you are getting a divorce or you are the primary caregiver of a child and you are not married to the other parent of your child, we are here to guide and assist you. We are committed to ensuring you’re your child support is appropriate. You can rely on our South Shore child support attorney to protect your child's best interests and making sure you understand the progress of your case so there are no surprises.

Don't hesitate to reach out to Kellem Mahoney Family Law & Mediation Group, P.C. today to discuss your options regarding child support. Contact us now!

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