Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 08:46
I'm heading for divorce court and was wondering how much I am going to have to pay in child support. Does Massachusetts have some rules about how the amount is determined? Posted on The Forum by Goingbroke.
Yes, the court will use the appropriately named "Child Support Guidelines." Using a formula that starts with your pre-tax income, the court will consider the number of children, their ages, and the cost of health insurance. The family court judge does have some discretion to alter the result of the formula by up to 2% in special circumstances. Follow this link for the Department of Revenue's Child Support Worksheet:http://www.dor.state.ma.us/apps/worksheets/cse/guidelines-short.asp