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Massachusetts Law About Child Support

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Child Support Guidelines

Child Support Guidelines effective August 1, 2013, Mass. Trial Court. 2013 Guidelines and Instructions also available as a free Ebook.


Child Support Forms

Selected Cases

Adoption of Marlene, 443 Mass. 494 (2005). Supreme Judicial Court held: "We conclude that a parent's consent to adoption of his or her child under G.L. c. 210, ยง 2, does not terminate the parental duty to support the child."

Okoli v. Okoli, 81 Mass. App. Ct. 371 (2012). A husband was required to pay child support for twins who "were conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using donor sperm and donor eggs.." "even though he did not intend to be legally responsible for any child so created." He "was the legal father of the children because he consented to the artificial insemination of his wife."

Other Web Sources

Answers to Common Questions for Never-Married Parents, Hampshire County Probate and Family Court. Information on child support for unmarried parents.

Child Support, Mass. Legal Help. Site is packed with information, including getting child support, paying child support, changing child support, the Dept. of Revenue, and much more.

Child Support Enforcement, Dept. of Revenue.

Child Support: Family Law Advocacy for Low and Moderate Income Litigants, 2d ed, 2008, Chapter 8. Includes information on how to get child support, out of state orders, and modifications, as well as checklists and forms.

Court Guides, Mass. Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement . "Before you go to court, it might be helpful for you to review the information package for the court you are visiting. The court packages contain useful information such as what to bring, what not to bring, what to expect, where to go when you arrive, etc."

The Custodial Parent's Duty to Account to the Noncustodial Parent for How Child Support Money is Spent, Laura Wish Morgan. A lengthy discussion of the issue of whether or not to require accounting by the custodial parent. Includes many references to caselaw and secondary sources.

Help, My "ex" won't Cooperate, Simple advice in question and answer format about a hypothetical situation.

Information for Parents Who Pay Child Support, Dept. of Revenue Child Support Enforcement. A two page pamphlet designed to answer the most common questions about paying child support, including possible enforcement actions.

Information for Parents Who Receive Child Support, Dept. of Revenue Child Support Enforcement. How child support is collected, paid and enforced.

Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support, Nolo, 2013. Not specific to Massachusetts. "This book will walk you through everything you need to know about child custody, shared parenting, and the rules about supporting your children." Also provides a list of what decisions need to be made and when. Requires Library Card for access.

The Process of Exchanging Information in Probate and Family Court, Neighborhood Legal Services, 2000. Although ten years old, this handbook does a good job of explaining what can be requested and how to do so, as well as providing warning of when an attorney's help is critical.

Print Sources

Child Support Guidelines: New Solutions to Old Problems, Suffolk University Law School, Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Center for CLE & Academic Conferences, 2009.

Massachusetts Practice v. 2 (Family Law and Practice), 4th ed., Thomson Reuters, 2013 with supplement. Chapter 50..