Cape Cod Alimony Attorney
In Massachusetts, child support is usually paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent for the support and education of the children. The court will also likely order the noncustodial parent to pay a portion of the child's un-reimbursed medical expenses not covered by insurance, and to pay reasonable child care or extracurricular expenses.
At Massachusetts Family Law Group, our experienced family law attorneys can help you understand the Massachusetts child support guidelines and how they will affect you and your family. We represent men and women who need help with:
- Obtaining an order for child support cases of divorce and paternity
- Uncovering hidden assets that a parent may not have declared
- Obtaining a child support modification when there's been a change in circumstances for either parent
- With contempt or Department of Revenue enforcement when support payments are behind
Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines
Massachusetts courts determine child support payments by using a formula that takes into consideration both parents' incomes, the number of children, childcare expenses, health insurance, dental insurance and any previous court-ordered support obligations. Although the court sometimes deviates from the guidelines, there are specific factors or conditions that apply.
We Understand the Changes in the New Support Guidelines
The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines have changed, and it's important to have an attorney who thoroughly understands the changes and how they will affect clients and their children. We are highly knowledgeable about these changes.
Creative Arguments for Deviating From the Guidelines
In Massachusetts, there is a rebuttable presumption that the amount of the child support order from applying the guidelines is appropriate; however, the court may deviate from that amount if the amount ordered would be unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances.
Our attorneys include the specific facts of the case which justify departure from the guidelines such as a special needs child, school tuition, music lessons, summer camp, college tuition and any other issues that may not be covered by the guidelines.
Alimony in Massachusetts
There are no guidelines that say whether alimony (also called spousal support) should be paid or how much it should be. Instead, the court will look at more than 20 different factors such as the length of the marriage, each party's earnings and earning potential, the financial needs of each party, the age and health of each party, and the standard of living established during the marriage.
How long alimony continues usually depends on the length of the marriage. In a short-term marriage, alimony or maintenance would typically not continue, if at all, for a long period following the divorce. If the parties were married for a lengthy period of time, then lifetime alimony would likely be an end-result until one of the parties could show a significant change in circumstances.
No one believes that he or she gets a fair deal when it comes to alimony. Parties tend to feel that they are either paying too much or receiving too little. One feels that the payment of alimony is going on for much too long, while the other believes that alimony should never end.
Judges May Be Creative When It Comes to Spousal Support
Because there is a lot of leeway when determining alimony, judges tend to be creative thinkers. One judge may suggest giving one party more of the marital estate in exchange for lower alimony payments, or vice versa, depending on the tax status of each party.
Each judge weighs the factors differently to determine whether alimony will be paid. It's important to have an attorney who knows how judges in local probate and family courts evaluate alimony proposals.
Experienced, Trial-Tested Lawyers – We Have Handled Hundreds of Cases
Over the course of several years, our attorneys have seen just about everything. We've seen divorce couples fight over the tiniest details, like whether health insurance premiums should be paid on top of alimony, and full-blown court battles dealing with how to handle mortgage payments after a divorce.
Since we know how each of the judges approaches family law cases on the South Shore and Cape Cod, we take into account the details of each situation, the judge assigned to the case, and balance all of the facts before making a strategic decision in each instance.
Learn More With a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
There are many lawyers in Hingham, Plymouth, New Bedford, Fall River and Quincy. However, there are far fewer who really concentrate on alimony, parental alienation and divorce matters on a day-in, day-out basis. We do.
Our attorneys are armed with Blackberries, we're available early morning, at night and over the weekend. To schedule your appointment with a Plymouth child support attorney, call (800) 299-DIVORCE or contact us online.