Bringing Clarity To Child Custody And Child Support Disputes

Getting divorced is rarely easy, but when children are involved, there are additional emotional and financial concerns that come into play. These legal, financial and emotional considerations can be stressful to resolve. Whether your situation is relatively straightforward or complex, an attorney can effectively guide you through the legal process, and provide you with the practical and sound advice during this difficult time.

At Moniz & Mendes, P.C., our Salem child support lawyers offer clients throughout the North Shore and surrounding communities in Massachusetts the legal counsel they need in all child custody and child support matters.

The Effect Of Parental Relocation On Child Custody and Support

After a separation and divorce, it is important for both parents to continue to fulfill essential parental roles in their children's lives. However, when one parent moves out of state or wants to remove a child from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, custody arrangements, parenting plans and visitation may be changed. We help clients create a parenting plan that takes all factors of both parents' lives into consideration. If there is a significant change of circumstances, we can also help you seek a modification for existing support and custody arrangements.

Understanding Child Support Obligations

Few people would suggest raising children is easy. In addition to the time and emotional investment, children also have significant financial requirements. Health insurance for children can be expensive, and if parents are self-employed, finding affordable coverage can be challenging. Paying for college is another challenge many parents face. If a child goes to college, child support payments may be extended until the child finishes his or her degree, or reaches the age of 23.

We help clients understand their financial obligations. Most child support issues are resolved by the application of the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, which provides a formula that determines a weekly child support obligation. The amount of child support is calculated on the basis of both parents' gross income and number of children, deducting the cost of health insurance, day care and any previous child support obligations. In some cases, we help clients resolve disputes in calculating an appropriate child support obligation due to several factors, including unemployment, underemployment, and ascertaining the actual income of a self-employed party.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, please reference this online guide. Please note that all parties must file a financial statement short form in all cases where money or support is an issue and your annual income is less than $75,000 and a financial statement long form if your annual income is more than $75,000.

Learn More About Your Parental Rights In A Free Consultation

Contact us online, or call 781-350-4963 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer at our offices located in Salem, Massachusetts. We routinely represent clients in Suffolk, Middlesex and Essex counties.