Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

Hiring an experienced Massachusetts family law attorney to guide you through the legal process of a divorce will help ensure that your rights are protected. If you are considering a Massachusetts divorce, keep in mind the following important basics of the Massachusetts child support guidelines:

Income: For divorcing couples with an annual income under $250,000, the minimum amount of support the court will order is $80 per month.

Child Care Costs: All child care cost expenses will be deducted from the income of the party paying for such care. This deduction will subtract from the income considered for his or her child support obligation.

Health Insurance: If either parent has health care coverage and it does not impose a financial hardship, the court will order that health coverage be paid by them. Insurance premiums may be deducted from the income of the party paying for the medical coverage prior to determining the child support obligation. Any expenses over and above the normal coverage, including co-payments and extraordinary expenses, will be shared by the parties.

Income Tax Considerations: Child support is not tax deductible and it cannot be claimed as income by the recipient. Determining which parent will take the children as deductions can be determined by agreement. If no agreement is reached, the custodial parent has the right to claim the deduction.

Contact Massachusetts Child Support Lawyer Rui P. Alves at 401.273.7171 or ralves@bartongilman.com for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal rights. A native of Portugal, Attorney Alves is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He represents clients throughout eastern and southeastern Massachusetts.