Once a Massachusetts family has gone through divorce proceedings, the parents will transition into a new relationship with one another. Now that the romantic relationship has ended, they will take on new roles as co-parents. Part of that process involves taking care of the financial needs of their shared children, which is usually accomplished through the exchange of child support payments.
When an individual makes an effort to assist a family in having a child, that gift is beyond measure. Offering the biological resources needed to conceive a human life is among the most personal and meaningful transactions possible. Unfortunately, there are cases in Massachusetts and elsewhere in which that gift is rewarded with a great deal of turmoil and strife. An example is found in a recent case in which a sperm donor was pursued for child support, not by the couple he helped to become parents, but by the state in which the parties reside.
Life continues to change after divorce, and financial circumstances will also continue to fluctuate over time. Some Massachusetts parents find that the terms of their original divorce order no longer meet their needs or reflect the changes that have occurred in their family. In these situations, it may be appropriate to seek a modification to a child support order.
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.
Divorce is seldom easy, especially when children are involved. Most Massachusetts parents would agree, however, that protecting their children's best interests and developing solid plans for their future care and upbringing takes precedence over other, more minor issues. Where child support is concerned, custodial and non-custodial parents alike often face challenges when trying to convince the court of their immediate and long-term needs.
Child support can be used for a wide range of expenses and financial matters that pertain to raising a child. There's this myth that child support payments are limited to paying for a few things -- but that simply isn't true. There is also a myth that the court will always monitor a parents that is using child support payments to ensure that the parent is using the payments to support the child. This, too, isn't true.
When spouses in Massachusetts are pursuing a divorce, there are precautions they can take in order to keep the process as simple as possible. The effects of the end of a marriage can continue on long after the divorce decree is finalized, especially when it comes to financial matters. Due to this, there are some major issues spouses should avoid during the process.
In Massachusetts and across the country, some parents are receiving child support payments from a noncustodial parent who lives in another country. Enforcement and collection in international child support cases is difficult and cumbersome due to different laws and legal systems.
Parents in Massachusetts who have questions regarding child support when the paternity of a child is in question may be interested in a case that is unfolding elsewhere along the Eastern Seaboard. On May 4, a judge in New Jersey ruled that an unnamed defendant would be required to pay child support for only one of two twins following DNA testing that determined that he was not the biological father of both children.
Massachusetts parents who are divorcing may wonder what will happen when the noncustodial parent who is ordered to pay child support does not do so. While there are methods of enforcing child support payments, parents who are genuinely unable to meet their obligations could find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty and incarceration.