Child Support Representation in Divorce
Raising a child is expensive. Food, clothing, medical care and the cost of educational opportunities add up quickly. In certain circumstances, it may be difficult for one parent to shoulder all necessary expenses. Having an experienced lawyer establish a child support agreement that meets the specific needs of your situation is very important.
Even if you and your spouse or partner are ending your relationship, it does not end your parental responsibilities. You are still financially accountable for the well-being of the child or children you share. Our lawyers represent clients in establishing an initial child support agreement and in matters involving modification and enforcement actions.
Determining Child Support in Massachusetts
Determination of child support payments in Massachusetts is typically a straightforward matter based on state guidelines. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to deviate from the standard, particularly if a child has significant medical expenses.
Ensuring each parent has provided accurate financial information to the courts is critical to the outcome of a child support agreement. If your child’s other parent is self-employed, or if you suspect they are sheltering income, our lawyers are experienced in uncovering all income with the use of sophisticated methods. We ensure the court has the complete and correct financial information.
Child support orders issued in Massachusetts are enforceable in all states under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
Child Support and College Contributions
In Massachusetts, a child, between the ages of 18 and 23, may be emancipated for child support purposes. This classification hinges on whether the child is dependent upon the custodial parent for support or whether the child is attending school full time.
Arrangements can be made to share college tuition costs following a divorce. This can be done through a child support or divorce modification or a mutual decision by the parents when finalizing their divorce decree. We can also advise clients on issues involving pre-tax contributions to 529 college savings plans.
We are Top Rated Child Support Lawyers
David M. Gabriel is a top rated child support lawyer with many years of experience.
Our attorneys know the Essex County Probate & Family Court in Salem, Massachusetts, the Middlesex County Probate & Family Court in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court in Canton, Massachusetts and the Suffolk County Probate & Family Court in Boston, Massachusetts. Attorney Gabriel is well-known and well-respected among peers, judges and court personnel.
Contact us for a confidential discussion regarding your child support matters We accept credit cards and can arrange evening or weekend appointments.