Addressing Child Support And Alimony

At my practice, Barbara J. Katzenberg, Attorney at Law, I work to resolve child support and spousal support (alimony) matters in favor of clients throughout Worcester and Massachusetts. While, resolving child support and alimony disputes can be relatively straightforward, there are times when they can be financially complex.

My many years of experience in the field of family law helps me to quickly determine what needs to be done to work to achieve a satisfactory outcome for my client. I am committed to achieving your goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. This includes issues related to:

  • Determination of the required child support or alimony level
  • Enforcement of child and spousal support orders
  • Modifications in child support
  • Modifications of existing alimony obligations, particularly under the new Alimony Reform Act
  • Paternity as it relates to child support

For more information and to schedule a consultation, please call me at 508-471-3281.

How Child Support Is Decided

Child support is decided according to a standardized formula, Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, that evaluates certain factors such as custody, income of either spouse, lifestyle and needs of the child. This keeps the child's best interests as the priority and provides a sense of fairness in supporting the child's needs. Generally, the parent who provides the primary residence for the child receives payment from the other parent.

Over time, if the income or circumstances of the parents change, this amount can be re-evaluated to reflect those changes. A modification can also be requested if the needs of the child change over time, including medical situations or extraordinary expense.

Unlike the case with child support, alimony or spousal support may or may not be required as part of an overall divorce settlement. As recently as March 1, 2012, Massachusetts enacted the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, which radically changed and reformed existing alimony laws in the Commonwealth. The new act provides specific guidelines as to the amount and duration of alimony depending upon the length of the marriage and the age of retirement for the payor spouse. The Alimony Reform Act has changed how parties are now negotiating their marital separation agreements and is also giving way to modifications and litigation for existing obligations.

If they wish, the parties to a divorce can also negotiate a settlement that includes or excludes the payment of alimony.

I can evaluate your situation and recommend the right course of action for you.

Modifications In Child Support And Alimony

When a person's financial situation has changed, it may be possible to obtain a modification in the child support or alimony award. As your attorney, I can also deal with post-divorce actions as they relate to modifications and contempt actions.

Contact A Lawyer Today

To schedule a consultation with Barbara J. Katzenberg, Attorney at Law, call 508-471-3281 or send an e-mail.