6 months ago (September 2017), Massachusetts substantially changed the game of family court and enacted the new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. These adjusted guidelines supersede all previous versions and bring with them some major changes. Some of the notable adjustments that are most likely to affect the average person are:
- Daycare Expenses: The guidelines now take the expenses of Child Care and Health Insurance into much larger consideration.
- Parenting Time: The prior guidelines consisted of three categories of parenting time (a basic formula, a formula for when the parties shared equal parenting time, and a separate formula for when one parent had more than 1/3 but less than 50/50 parenting time). The new guidelines simplified this was leaving us with only two possible formula; when the parents have equal parenting time when they do not.
- Child Support for Children over 18: Child Support was always confusing for children that were no longer minors. If a child is is over 18, but still principally dependent on the parent, a parent could still receive child support. That is even true for children up to the age of 23 if they were full-time students. The new guidelines have implemented a 25% reduction in the amount of child support paid for children are over the age of 18.