Does the Cost of Child Care Affect Child Support?

PlaygroundIn Massachusetts, child care costs are deducted from a parent’s available income (as with the cost of health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and child support actually paid for other children) in calculating child support in Massachusetts.

This is not a dollar-for-dollar reduction in a child support order.  In other words, if a child support order is $250 per week, and the parent paying child support starts contributing $50 per week towards child care, his or her child support obligation is not reduced to $200 per week.  Rather, his or her available income used to calculate the presumptive child support order by the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines is reduced by $50 per week.

If you have questions about child support in Massachusetts, contact the attorneys at Finn & Eaton, P.C. in Saugus and Woburn by calling 781 484-1066, or by emailing to schedule your free initial consultation.

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