Will a Massachusetts Court Consider High Living Expenses When Determining One’s Ability to Pay Child Support?

| Nov 11, 2015 | Child Support |


The Probate and Family Court in Massachusetts looks at the payor’s gross income from all sources when calculating one’s child support obligation.

In Massachusetts the expenses of the paying spouse are irrelevant except in cases where for example there are extraordinary medical and travel expenses.

If you are already paying child support for children from another marriage, Massachusetts allow you to deduct the amount of child support you pay for other children from your gross income figure. If you are asked to complete a financial statement, be sure to include this expense. 

If you are paying child support or you are receiving child support payments and you have experienced a significant change in your financial circumstances or your children’s needs have changed due to educational, health or other important reasons, Attorney Renee Lazar can assist you with modification of existing child support orders to protect your family’s interests.

You may want to increase or reduce your child support obligations for a variety of reasons such as having necessary expenses that have not been accounted for or having a disability that affects your ability to seek or continue employment.

Perhaps you have not as yet finalized your divorce and are seeking to get child support while your divorce is pending. Whatever the case may be, call to get your situation evaluated by an attorney who will help to ensure that your children obtain the support that they require.

For your child-support related issues, contact Attorney Renee Lazar either through email or telephone 978-844-4095 to schedule for a FREE one hour no obligation consultation.

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