Victory! Massachusetts Decreases Child Support Guidelines
Huffington Post Quotes Founder and Chair Ned Holstein, MD, MS

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June 29, 2013

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Victory! Massachusetts Decreases Child Support Guidelines
By Deanna Marchand and Alan Cooke, Co-Chairs, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Massachusetts
Alan Cooke
Alan Cooke

Effective August 1, 2013, Massachusetts will be following revised child support guidelines. The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force of the Massachusetts Trial Court has just completed its work and released the new guidelines and its report.

This is only the second occasion, that we are aware of, where the Guidelines have been reduced.

Deanna Marchand
Deanna Marchand
As Ned Holstein wrote in his article Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines are Actively Harmful to the Wellbeing of Children, the 2009 high levels of support orders implicitly assume that more is better.

“Excessive child support orders are the result in part of an archaic way of thinking, namely, that the wellbeing of the child is solely bound up in the wellbeing of the custodial parent and her home. And that the circumstances of the non-custodial parent matter little or not at all to the wellbeing of the child.

Congratulations to all who testified at the child support guidelines hearings; who presented written testimony; or who wrote letters, as requested, to Governor Deval Patrick, Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Therese Murray. Thank you for standing up for the children of Massachusetts! Read more...

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Huffington Post Quotes Founder and Chair Ned Holstein, MD, MS

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"Despite the increases in men seeking and receiving alimony, advocates warn against linking the trend to equality in the courtroom. Family court judges still tend to favor women, said Ned Holstein, the founder of Fathers and Families, a group advocating family court reform. "'Family court still gives custody overwhelmingly to mothers, child support overwhelmingly to mothers, and courts still give almony overwhelmingly to mothers and women,' he said. 'The family courts came into existence years ago in order to give things to mothers that mothers needed," he said. 'The times have changed and the courts have not.'"

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