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CHILD SUPPORT IN MA
  • The biological or adoptive parent of a child is expected to support the child financially. 
  • Child support is paid with after-tax dollars and is not disclosed on the parents’ tax returns.
  • The 'Mass.Guidelines for Child Support' govern CS in Mass.
  • A worksheet is used to figure CS and takes these factors into acc.:
    • Gross incomes
    • cost of daycare
    • Health ins. premiums
    • Number of children
  • The worksheet sets a child related 'budget” and the portion each parent is assumed to contribute.
  • The amt. of time each parent has with the child/ren affects who pays
  • There is some flexibility that is built into the system.

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