If you need an experienced child support attorney Wakefield MA, contact The Law Offices of Erica M. Foster. We provide child support legal services throughout Andover MA and surrounding towns.
If you are a parent and you divorce, the parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. In family law child support is an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of a child following the end of a marriage or other relationship. Child maintenance is paid directly or indirectly by an obligor to an obligee for the care and support of children of a relationship that has been terminated, or in some cases never existed. Often the obligor is a non-custodial parent. The obligee is typically a custodial parent, a caregiver, a guardian, or the state.
Depending on the jurisdiction, a custodial parent may pay child support to a non-custodial parent. Typically one has the same duty to pay child support irrespective of sex, so a mother is required to pay support to a father just as a father must pay a mother. Where there is joint custody, the child is considered to have two custodial parents and no non-custodial parents, and a custodial parent with a higher income (obligor) may be required to pay the other custodial parent (obligee).
In family law, child support is often arranged as part of a divorce, marital separation, annulment, determination of parentage or dissolution of a civil union and may supplement alimony (spousal support) arrangements.
Some of the Massachusetts cities and towns we provide child custody legal services to are: Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Hamilton, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Middleton, North Reading, Peabody, Salem, Somerville, Topsfield and Wenham MA.
Having the right Massachusetts family law attorney on your side can help make the legal process go smoother. Contact us today for a free initial consultation. Call us at 978-750-8857.