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How is child support paid after a MA divorce?

If you get a divorce, how can you be sure your ex will actually pay the child support the court orders him to pay?

Under Massachusetts law, whenever a court orders one party to a divorce to pay child support, those payments are made through a process known as 'income assignment.'  If, for example, a party is ordered to pay $200 in child support per month, that amount is automatically deducted from his or her paycheck by the employer, and sent to the custodial parent via the Department of Revenue.  The only way to avoid income assignment is through an agreement between the divorce litigants or if the court orders different arrangements.

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