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.
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.