Raising a child in Massachusetts is expensive. Both parents share a duty to financially provide for their child, regardless of custody or parental rights. Likewise, every child has a right to financial support from his or her parents. While the court will consider many factors when making a decision on custody, income alone won't prevent a parent from getting custody of his or her child.
Being responsible for the care and custody of your child can result in significant expenses. Courts often order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. Child support helps the custodial parent meet these expenses. Your income will affect your child support obligation, but it won't be a deciding factor in a custody action.
The court will make a decision on custody that is in the best interests of the child. Typically, this means the parent that is best able to take care of the child's needs is a good candidate for custody. In some cases, both parents can do this. In others, one parent may not be able to meet all the child's needs because of work, distance, or other barriers to involved parenting.
It's true that having a low income can make it difficult to meet your child's needs, but in such instances, the child support you receive will help you meet your child's needs.
If you have questions or concerns about custody and how your income may affect your case, consult with the Law Offices of Renee Lazar, an attorney with experience handling child support and custody cases.
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