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New Child Support Guidelines

In Massachusetts it is public policy that dependent children be maintained and supported, as completely as possible, from the resources of their parents. In divorce, paternity and modification actions, there is a presumption that child support will be paid according to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, subject to certain income limits.

The Child Support Guidelines calculate support on the basis of the number of children, both parents’ incomes and the cost of medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as the child care costs for both parents, and existing support orders. New Child Support Guidelines go into effect August 1, 2013. 

The new Child Support Guidelines take a variety of parenting plans into consideration. Additionally, they now consider college contribution and contributions towards other child related expenses. Although there is a presumption that child support will be paid according to the Child Support Guidelines, there are other factors that may be considered. In some cases, there may be circumstances which warrant a deviation from the guidelines, and consideration may be given as to how a parent’s income is calculated.

Another new change in 2013 is the standard required to modify current child support orders. A member of our office can advise you on whether your current support order warrants a modification. 

The Law Offices of Miriam G. Altman, PC, is well versed in calculating child support according to the Child Support Guidelines, modifying existing child support orders, and arguing for deviations from the Child Support Guidelines in order to reach a child support order tailored to a particular individual’s circumstances and a particular family’s needs.

2013 Child Support Guidelines & Press Release