By Attorney Diana M. Sladen
Don't sign a child support agreement until you understand clearly the expenses that child support is supposed to cover in Massachusetts. In this state, child support is just that - support. It is intended to cover food, clothing and toiletries, and shelter. Anything else depends on whether a judge determines that they represent a child's best interests.
Issues related to parenting, child custody and child support are front and center for same-sex divorcing couples, especially among those who have employed surrogacy or in vitro fertilization to conceive children. However, questions related to these processes are also a concern to heterosexual parents when determining matters such as a child custody and child support during divorce.
Q. How can I get a court order to change child support and alimony? I was divorced in Massachusetts in 2005. I now live in Texas and my ex-wife and children live in California. I was laid off in January. Where should I file the complaint for modification?
In case you missed it, here's a summary of the changes in the Massachusetts child support guidelines that took effect last summer.