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Understanding child support and child custody disputes

As Massachusetts readers know, there are many reasons why people become involved in child custody or financial disputes. Protecting parental rights is a main concern for most parents facing divorce, but many also have worries regarding financial security, child support obligations and continuity of lifestyle. These insecurities and fears about the future are some of the main reasons why people find themselves in the middle of a custody battle.

While divorce can resolve some issues, it is important to resolve matters in a way that allows for a strong future. Making decisions or pursuing certain outcomes simply out of a motivation for revenge or feelings of anger or uncertainty will only increase difficultly after the divorce is final and allow problems to continue. It is best to make decisions based on the best interests of the children and a stable, peaceful post-divorce life.

Massachusetts parents have an obligation to financially support their minor children. Non-custodial parents will likely be required to pay support to the custodial parent for the care and provision for the children. By working closely with a lawyer, a parent can understand how custody will impact a support order and how the amount of support is calculated. This will eliminate uncertainty and decrease the likelihood that disputes will occur over easily resolved issues.

Divorce is hard, and parents rightly have concerns about the well-being of their children, their own future financial stability, child support and the protection of their parental rights. These are important and valid concerns, but with the right support, it is possible to resolve these matters and secure a future that benefits every member of the family. It can be beneficial to secure experienced legal help even before the process begins by scheduling a case evaluation.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Understanding Child Custody Disputes With Help From National Family Solutions", Mike Wood, Oct. 6, 2016

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