If you need to have your child support payments modified, you typically can by following a child support modification process through the courts or by making an agreement with your ex-spouse. If you can't support the amount of money you're expected to pay, it's important to act quickly to get your modification set into action; if you don't, you could start owing back child support, which can be expensive.
In Massachusetts, those who don't pay their child support can be forced to do so through administrative enforcement. The Child Support Enforcement Division is responsible for collecting and enforcing child support and does so through a fully automated program. That means that anyone who is overdue in paying child support may be subject to the administrative collection actions.
Child support guidelines may make you feel uncomfortable during a divorce or child custody case, but they are there for good reason. While you may think some guidelines are too lenient or not lenient enough, these guidelines are there to protect your child from excessive stress and anxiety along with making sure the primary custodian has the money needed to support the child in question.
Child support is not something that you and a spouse should have to fight over after a divorce or break up; it's meant to go to your children, the children you raised and intended on supporting until their adult lives. Although this is the case, sometimes you and the other parent may disagree on how much child support is needed or where it should be spent. If you've never been married, then someone may not feel obligated to pay, even though this isn't true by law.
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.
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, state law intercepts gambling winnings over $600 if the person owes child support. More and more states are putting this law in place, with Ohio being the latest to consider such actions.
While the world has become much more accepting of same-sex couples, with many states including Massachusetts -- now allowing couples to legally marry, there are still many issues that have to be ironed out as a result. The split of one same-sex couple has left a judge to decide on child support and visitation as part of a child custody agreement. However, the issues brought up in this case could affect all -- not just same-sex -- couples.
For some athletes, it may be difficult to adjust to a life outside of the spotlight. While they are in their heyday, they are sought after and have large paychecks and huge endorsements. But what happens after they have been out of their sport for over 20 years, and the paychecks have stopped coming? While some may have a little sympathy for them, these former stars still have their responsibilities to their children to fulfill. Those in Massachusetts will be interested to know of a once famous professional baseball star now on a different sort of most wanted list after his failure to make child support payments.
For divorced parents who are attempting to co-parent, there are new guidelines in the state of Massachusetts. There has been increased national attention brought to the subject of child support recently. For example, even President Barack Obama has spoken about the importance of reform in order to fully engage both parents with the child's life. Massachusetts is ahead of other states in the area of child support in that they have already approved reforms.