The Effect of Joint Custody on Child Support in Massachusetts

| Oct 14, 2016 | Child Support |

Even if Massachusetts parents have joint physical custody, child support can still be ordered because the purpose of child support is to ensure the children are adequately provided for. The belief is that the children have a right to benefit from the income of both their parents in the same way that the children would have if their parents stayed together.

Parents often assume that if they spend an equal amount of time with their children, then they will have equal child related expenses, and as a result, child support is not needed.

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