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You were issued a child support order, now what?

Financial supporting one's children is every parent's responsibility. This does not change when a couple separates or divorces. When a relationship officially comes to an end, one parent may be ordered to pay child support. If such an order is issued in one's case, applying for child support services offered through the state of Massachusetts Department of Revenue is generally a good idea.

2 things parents may not know about child support

Very little about the divorce process is easy, especially if a couple has children. Figuring out child custody and support issues can be a tremendous burden as not all parents agree on what is best for their kids. When it comes particularly to child support, there are two things that all divorced or divorcing parents in Massachusetts should know.

Will working overtime affect my child support order?

Life, divorce and supporting oneself and one's children can be expensive. Picking up overtime shifts is one way that Massachusetts residents can improve their financial situations when money is tight. However, be aware that the money earned from overtime work may increase one's child support obligation.

Child support: The R. Kelly case

News about R. Kelly and his fight over his financial obligation to his kids is all over the internet right now. Regardless of whether Massachusetts residents are fans of this individual, there are a few things to be learned from his child support case. Those lessons are: fight for a fair agreement from the get-go, pay up in full and on time, and seek a modification if necessary.

Child support is negotiable

You are going through a divorce and you have children. You just want to make sure your kids have what they need going forward and the state of Massachusetts agrees with you, which is why there is a basic calculation for determining how much child support should be paid in any given divorce case. Did you know that the number received from that calculation is just the floor amount of what you may have to pay or what you may receive? Child support beyond this base amount is negotiable.

Massachusetts child support: What can it be used for?

Financially supporting one's child or children following divorce can prove challenging for some primary custody holders. The state of Massachusetts requires that both parents continue to provide for their children after a marriage ends and may order one parent to pay child support to the other. What can the parent who receives this support use the money for?

Child support adjustment may follow income increase

The minimum wage in Massachusetts was recently increased to $12 an hour. It is expected to continually increase up to $15 an hour by the year 2024. The goal is to give the people of Massachusetts a livable wage, but with this change in income level will also come an increase in expenses. One's child support obligation, for example, may increase.

Domestic violence and child support matters

Many men and women in Massachusetts are in toxic relationships. Leaving a situation where domestic violence is an issue is not an easy thing to do. Victims often feel they are not worthy of anything better -- that is not true. Freeing oneself from an abusive relationship, though difficult to do, can be the best thing for oneself and one's children. However, there may be some child support issues that need to be addressed for safety reasons that are not an issue in cases where domestic violence is not a problem.

Paying child support when exes still live together

When a couple is ending their marriage, it is usually expected that one or both parties will move out of the shared residence and into their own places. However, in Massachusetts and elsewhere, more divorced couples are choosing to continue living together -- for their children or financial reasons. This type of living arrangement can bring up some questions, though, such as, is paying child support necessary?

Child support and the out-of-state parent

It is not uncommon for Massachusetts residents to move out of state following divorce. They may need to move for work or other personal reasons. At the end of the day, it does not matter why they move; what matters is that they continue meeting any of their court-ordered obligations -- such as child support -- after they do relocate.

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