Child Support

Single and married parents face numerous challenges attempting to support themselves and their children.  Whether you are the person paying child support or the person receiving the child support, there never seems to be enough for either party.  Massachusetts has Child Support Guidelines governing the payment of support for dependent children.  The guidelines are comprehensive and can be found along with a worksheet on the Massachusetts: Child Support Guidelines. (Note: The Child Support Guidelines Worksheet will do the calculations in Internet Explorer or Acrobat Reader only. If you are using another browser, download the form and then open it with Acrobat Reader.)

Parents may take other factors into consideration when determining contributions to the children’s support such as:

  • When the children live with each parent an equal amount of the time
  • When the children have special needs (medical or aptitude)
  • When one or both parties have incomes which exceed $250,000

additional resources:
Past and present guidelines, reports, forms, instructions, worksheets and other related resources.

Need Help Determining Child Support?

Attorney Barbara Nason can help you to determine what factors may be important in determining the appropriate child support amount. Contact Attorney Barbara Nason at 617-494-1227 for an initial consultation.