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Child support amount may seem unfair to Massachusetts parents

Money is a very important aspect of living to many people, but typically, Massachusetts parents find their children more important than money. Though this is often the case, figuring out child support payments can still be a difficult task for many separating parents. Varying factors can go into determining how much support must be paid, but the parent making the payments may still feel they are not getting a fair deal. Understanding what goes into such decisions and how custody agreements can affect the amount can possibly benefit parents facing child support payments.

Though some noncustodial parents may find the amount of child support they pay to be unfair, the amount is not a random number drawn without basis. A noncustodial parent's income is taken into account as well as the income of the custodial parent and how much it takes to raise a child. There are standards for determining support payment amounts, and the issue seeming unfair may stem more from the fact that a parent has to give money to an ex-spouse with whom they may not be on the best of terms.

A noncustodial parent may also feel that they are being treated unfairly because they have no way of determining if the money designated for the children is actually being spent on the children. Though being unable to ensure the money goes to its rightful purpose, child support payments must be made. If the parent responsible for paying does not make payments, he or she could face serious legal action and even jail time.

Child support situations can be frustrating for both parents, but understanding the legal reasoning for the amount of support paid could help ease the mind of some parents. If a parent still believes that the support is unreasonable or that the money is not going to the children, they may wish to take legal action to modify support agreements. Child support laws vary from state to state, and it is important for residents to have information on Massachusetts laws to better understand their situation.

Source: Huffington Post, Child-Support: Paying Your Fair-Share?, Morghan Leia Richardson, Aug. 14, 2013

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