Resolving Child Support Concerns

Child support is calculated based on mandatory child support guidelines. The child support calculation is dependent on several variables that must be carefully researched and accurately inputted.

It is wise to have a skilled lawyer who understands how the child support formula works and when exceptions may apply on your behalf.

At Seder & Chandler, LLP, our child support attorneys have extensive experience guiding clients through the most emotional aspects of divorce. Parents often have vastly different ideas about what a satisfactory support resolution should be. Even with the child support guidelines in effect, it is common for disputes about income or medical needs to arise. As accomplished trial attorneys, we help our clients through this process in the most efficient manner possible.

Factors That Influence Child Support Payments

To ensure that the child support calculation is accurate, we will diligently research and assess all variables before they are used in the calculation. Several variables influence the outcome of a child support calculation, including:

  • Income of both parents
  • Number of children
  • Child care costs
  • Educational costs
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Medical insurance premiums

Deviations From The Child Support Guidelines

Although the child support guidelines are statutorily applied in our courts to determine child support obligations, there are situations in which judges may choose to deviate from these guidelines. Children have the right to benefit from both parents' incomes, so judges may award additional support obligations for high-income families.

If a parent's financial situation changes after the child support arrangement is established, our lawyers can assist with post-judgment modification. Child support payments may be increased if one parent's income increases significantly. Likewise, child support payments may be reduced if one parent has an involuntary reduction in work or income.

Trust our firm to fully investigate every aspect of your finances to ensure a proper child support determination is made.

We will work with you through every stage of your divorce while we fight to protect the best interests of both you and your child.

Contact Our Firm Today

We can answer your questions about how much support you can expect to pay or receive. For additional information about the scope of our family law practice in Central Massachusetts and MetroWest Boston, contact a lawyer at Seder & Chandler, LLP.