Lower Your Massachusetts Child Support Payments

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September 19, 2013

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Lower Your Massachusetts Child Support Payments
By Deanna Marchand and Alan Cooke, Co-Chairs, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Massachusetts
Alan Cooke
Alan Cooke

You may seek a modification in your existing Massachusetts child support order if it is inconsistent with the new 2013 Guidelines. Presumably, this will apply to all or almost all existing child support orders given the overall reductions that have been made.

Consider seeking a modification if any of the following factors may impact your child support.

Deanna Marchand
Deanna Marchand
  1. Support guidelines were reduced, resulting in an average 11% decrease for one-child families and a 6% decrease for two child families. 
  2. A new formula was established for calculating support where parenting time is higher than the norm. 
  3. The court must now consider “availability of employment at the attributed income level.” 
  4. Orders for education costs for adult dependent children are not presumptive. Read more...
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The National Organization for Women and other anti-equal-parenting organizations have long ignored the science on Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), even going so far as to claim there’s not any. Read more...

Older Marrieds Splitting Up; Men as Likely as Women to File for Divorce
September 16, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
We’ve known for a long time that, when someone files for divorce, it’s likely a woman. Back in 1996, Margaret Brinig and Douglas Allen analyzed over 40,000 divorce cases in four different states. Read more...

HuffPo Can’t Connect Dots on Men, Women and Divorce
September 15, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The mainstream media just can’t seem to get it right. Even when they get something right, it’s so lacking in context that it might as well not be. Of course I’m talking about family-related issues, but it’s true elsewhere as well. Read more...

UK: ‘Unimpeachable Father’ Sees Contact with Daughter Restricted to Email, Yearly Gifts
September 13, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
You be the judge. You’re faced with a father and mother in a custody fight over their daughter, M, who’s now 13 years old. The couple has been fighting in your court since the girl was 26 months old. Read more...

Fit Mother Danelle Collins Loses Custody; The Judge was Right, The Law Wrong
September 12,, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
This case made the news, mostly because one of the parents is in the National Guard and she claimed the family court judge denied her custody because of her various deployments (The Independent, 8/31/13). Read more...


The opinions expressed herein are those of our guest authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Parents Organization or its Board of Directors.


Volunteer Testimonial

“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.”

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Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chair, National Parents Organization
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Volunteer Testimonial

"Facts show those younger children whose parents have equal shared custody are doing better emotionally, psychologically, academically and socially. Unfortunately, the Connecticut family court system has always been about one parent winning, and the other losing. Working with National Parents Organization we can help create an Equally Shared Parenting Task Force in the Connecticut Legislature. The purpose would be to create a law that would improve the lives of our children by experiencing direct support, love, and care from both parents and extended families."

By Paul Schaffer, Member, Connecticut Executive Committee