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How to seek a child support modification in Massachusetts

Child support is an important concern for many families and both parents paying child support and parents receiving child support may have child support concerns. Both the paying parent and the recipient parent can request a child support modification. Modification requests may ask for an increase or decrease in child support or may request a change to medical support for the child.

Child support modifications may be granted in certain situations, including when a parent's income changes or when a parent's health care coverage changes. Income changes can include when a parent loses a job, the parent's income significantly changes or in certain other situations when the parent's income has changed.

Parents must make a request to change a child support order from the court because only the court can change a child support order. Child support determinations are based on Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. The court considers a number of factors when determining child support such as the income of both parents, the ability of both parents to earn an income, the number of children and ages of the children and the health care coverage costs for the children.

There are different methods parents may follow to request a child support modification depending on the unique circumstances of their situation so it can be helpful for parents in Massachusetts to be familiar with how child support is determined and modified. The family law legal process is available to help families negotiate the growth and changes of their families, while always caring for the best interests of the children.

Source: Mass.gov, "How to Make Changes to Your Court Order," Accessed Jan. 13, 2016

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