Whether the parties are married and going through a divorce or the parties have a child(ren) that was born out of wedlock, child support will be an issue that needs to be addressed. Child Support is one of the most highly contentious issues that parents have to deal with.
Massachusetts has what is called “Child Support Guidelines” that are used to determine what amount of child support should be paid by the non-custodial parent. The Guidelines were recently modified and are not easily understood.
These Guidelines are presumptive. Meaning, the amount of support that is calculated by the Guidelines is presumed to be the amount that the Court will order. However, the court can deviate from this amount. The parties can also agree to a different amount. Sounds easy, right? It’s not. There is case law that both supports and challenges deviation from the Guidelines. And, although the parties can agree to a different amount of support than that determined by the Guidelines, there are certain legal restrictions that need to be taken into consideration. Call DaMore Law to help provide you with these calculations.