Massachusetts Child Support Factors

The court may order either parent to provide maintenance, support (including health insurance), and education for any minor child. There are official Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount would be unjust or inappropriate under the particular circumstances in a case. Reasons for deviation from the Guidelines are: (1) the parent to pay support has other minor children and there are insufficient financial resources available; (2) the parent to pay support has extraordinary expenses [travel-related visitation expenses, uninsured medical expenses, etc.]; and (3) other unusual circumstances. There is an official Child Support Guidelines Worksheet contained in the Appendix of Forms. [Massachusetts General Laws Annotated; Chapter 208, Section 28 and Massachusetts Rules of Court; Appendix of Forms].

Massachusetts child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Massachusetts child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Massachusetts child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Massachusetts child support in the Massachusetts state statutes located at: