When Massachusetts couples decide to end their relationships, there are a lot of little details to iron out. Who will keep what? Who will pay for what? Who will the children live with? Who will pay child support, and what can the money be used for?

The last questions on that list can be the source of serious tension during and after the divorce process. At the end of the day, it takes a lot of money to raise and care for children. For example, according to a recent news report, Massachusetts residents pay, on average, $12,000 to $18,000 a year just for preschool tuition. When a couple is no longer together, who should have to foot that bill?

According to state laws, both of a child’s parents are responsible for providing monetary support. If a non-custodial parent is ordered to pay child support, that money can go toward living expenses, food, clothing and schooling costs — among other things. The amount ordered in support will be different for every family. The state has its standard calculation, but more or less money can be awarded based on parent income levels and the specific needs of the children. 

Life is expensive, and children are expensive. When a couple divorces, it is not one parent’s job to bear the full burden of supporting his or her kids. With the assistance of legal counsel, it is possible to achieve a fair child support order that covers basic necessities and other special expenses allowed per Massachusetts law.