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Defining your right to child support in Massachusetts

As a parent of a child in Massachusetts, you typically have some rights to child support from the other parent. You do need to be entitled to those payments, though. If you can answer these questions with "yes," then you likely are eligible to receive child support.

First, are you the custodial parent of your child? If you have primary custody of your little one, then you're likely able to receive child support. If you're responsible for day-to-day care or have been designated as the custodial parent by the courts, then this likely means you should be receiving support.

Your rights and family law in Massachusetts

As a family in Massachusetts that may struggle with some legal issues, it's important to know that you always have someone on your side. Whether you're facing a divorce or problem with paternity in Massachusetts, you deserve the support and information necessary to make the right decisions. There are many kinds of situations where you may need to consider seeking legal help.

For instance, if you're a same-sex couple and want to get a same-sex divorce, are you able to do so legally? Do you have the same protections as a traditional couple would in your particular case? What will happen to your children after a divorce or separation? You have questions and with so much going on in your life, the last thing you should have to do is wade through thousands of pages of legal jargon to find your answers.

Kris Jenner files for divorce from celebrity husband

If you enjoy reading about celebrity news, then you may have heard about Kris Jenner filing for divorce from her husband, Bruce Jenner. The September 22 news release has reported that the woman filed for divorce after being married to Bruce Jenner for 23 years.

The two, who have two children together, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, are known for various things, but recently, they've been appearing together on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It's also been reported that they have taken family vacations together, but that has not stopped them from going their separate ways.

Your paternity rights: The right to your child in Massachusetts

Paternity is an important factor in raising a child. To the courts, it makes the difference between visitation and custody rights along with the child support payments you'd need to make. Establishing paternity is vital, because without it, you have few rights as a parent.

Paternity has to be established if you weren't married at the time of your child's birth. You may also choose to seek a paternity test if you were and are unsure that the child is yours. You can establish your paternity in one of two ways. Either seek a court order or sign a voluntary acknowledgement of being the child's father.

Paternity: Your rights as a father or to not be a father

Are you the father of a child or want to know if you're the father of a child? In many situations, you may want to prove your paternity or lack of paternity for a child. You can voluntarily affirm that you're a child's father, but you may also want to have paternity established through a test ordered by the court in Massachusetts.

There are several reasons to make sure you know your rights and have paternity proven. For one thing, if you're not with the mother of the child romantically and it's only been claimed that the child is yours, you may want to have a test completed to make sure you're only paying child support for a child who is truly yours.

What people regret about divorce in Massachusetts

Before deciding to go forward with a divorce in Massachusetts, people may wonder what they are going to regret when all is said and done. Even if they know that the divorce is the best option in their situation, they are still going to be curious about it. Well, thanks to a recent report that came out about secrets that people shared -- their names were not attached -- it is now possible to see what people regret the most.

Not surprisingly, many of the regrets centered around their children.

Access child support: Non-married couples in Massachusetts

Would you know how to approach someone who you weren't married to about child support? Child support for non-married parents can be a difficult point of contention for parents; it's necessary for a child to have the financial support he needs, but how much should a parent pay or receive? In some cases, one parent could feel like he or she's paying too much, or the other one could feel like he or she's not receiving enough. No matter which side you happen to be on, there are legal avenues to seek what you want.

In Massachusetts, your child support payments are based on guidelines. Judges have some discretion as far as the amounts you'll pay or receive go, but typically, there is a formula that is followed. Things that the judge will consider include the income of the mother and father, the number of children needing to be supported, the cost of medical insurance and the custody arrangements.

How do you see what child support you received in Massachusetts?

Knowing the amount of child support coming into your bank account is important if you're the sole or primary custodian of your child. If you're entitled to $300, you want to know that you've received all of that money, since your child's other parent should be providing some compensation to care for your child.

To determine if you've been receiving the child support you're entitled to, you need to do a little math. You are probably receiving child support checks for different amount each week, and that can be difficult to track. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue offers a calculation worksheet, or you can compare the amount you've been ordered to receive by the court by the amounts showing up via check or direct deposit.

Divorces in Massachusetts: How much will you spend?

How much does a divorce really cost? There are several factors, but reports have indicated that the generally accepted average is between $15,000 and $20,000. Essentially, you'll be paying as much as you did to get married to divorce; maybe even more.

There are some options out there that are cheaper, but of course, those rely on your good relationship with your ex. For instance, there are places that tote a $299 divorce, but in those cases, you'd have to already know the terms of your divorce and only need a lawyer to sign off on them. That's highly unlikely, which is why it's simply not practical and not the norm.

Duchovny and Leoni split finalized; Leoni gains spousal support

If you're interested in celebrity news, then you might have heard about the finalization of the divorce of David Duchovny and Tea Leoni. An Aug. 9 report stated that the pair officially split up around three years ago, but Duchovny only filed for divorce in June 2014. Now, that divorce has been finalized in the courts, leaving the two to go their separate ways.

The couple has two children that they've had to provide for in their marriage and now through their divorce. They will allegedly share joint legal custody, but Leoni will be the primary custodian of the children; this could be due to Duchovny's addictive past or due to his workload on "Californication."

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