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Child support is an amount of money that the non-custodial parent is ordered to pay the custodial parent by the courts. Child support is meant to pay for the costs of raising the child that are not incurred by the non-custodial parent because they do not have physical custody. It is also possible that the court orders child support to be paid even if custody is shared. In Massachusetts, child support regulations and the amount of child support paid is generally determined pursuant to the Massachusetts child support guidelines.
There are a variety of factors that are taken into consideration when determining what the child support payment will be, some of which include:
- The standard of living the child experienced prior to the divorce
- The income and needs of the parent with custody
- The income of the non-custodial parent and their ability to pay
- The financial needs of the child, from education, day care and health insurance to any special needs the child may have
It is important that the child’s standard of living is considered, because this should not fall as a result of a parent’s divorce. Since determining payment of child support can be difficult to determine, Attorney Luzzo is committed to looking out for your best interests and making sure you are being treated fairly. Call us if you or someone you know are going through a divorce and need help navigating child support regulations; our child support attorneys can help.
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Attorney Anthony J. Luzzo is experienced in the matter of child custody and other areas of family law. We know that you want what is best for your child. And we also understand that child support can be costly. Call us today or fill out our contact form and we will help you navigate the delicate balance between providing for your child and providing for yourself.