Saturday, June 29, 2013

Revised Child Support Guidelines

The Massachusetts Trial Court has released new Child Support Guidelines which will take effect on August 1, 2013. They have released a Press Release, the Guidelines, a Worksheet, the Instructions, a Chart, a Deviation Form, the Task Force Recommendation Redlined Against 2009 Child Support Guidelines, the Task Force Report and the Economist's Report.

According to Chief Justice Paula Carey, "These guidelines provide Trial Court judges with tools to determine child support in a way that is transparent and economically sound. This Task Force has invested tremendous energy in analyzing the data and producing guidelines based on the current economic climate for families raising children in Massachusetts." 
The Task Force has recommended a number of clarifications and changes. Some are minor, while others represent new or modified provisions. A summary of significant, key changes to the existing guidelines are noted in the press release.

The new guidelines will appear soon on our webpage about Child Support, which will continue to maintain the link to the old ones.