Merrimack Valley Child Support Lawyers
Child Support | Child Support Guidelines | Divorce and Children
All states have child support guidelines, which set forth how child support is to be determined. Under Massachusetts law G.L.C. 208 section 28 the court may take appropriate orders of maintenance, support and education of any child who has attained age eighteen but who has not attained age twenty-one and who is domiciled in the home of a parent, and is principally dependent upon said parent for maintenance. The court may make appropriate orders of maintenance, support and education for any child who has attained age twenty-one but who has not attained age twenty-three, if such child is domiciled in the home of a parent, and is principally dependent upon said parent for maintenance due to the enrollment of such child in an educational program, excluding educational costs beyond an undergraduate degree. The support obligation can continue indefinitely for a disabled child.
Massachusetts is an income-shares formula state, which means that child support is calculated by examining the total family income and then apportioning the support obligation. Cases with combined family income in excess of $250,000.00 must be decided on a case by case basis. Support for income over this amount is at the court’s discretion.
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