Child support is one of the most misunderstood areas related to divorce. Many Massachusetts child support cases are already complex enough without the many myths further complicating things. If you are divorcing with children, it is in your and your children’s best interests to get to the truth of the matter. This will give you and your spouse the preparation you both need to get the through the child support process as smoothly as possible.
Believing in unfounded information can have a detrimental effect on your entire divorce. When the truth comes out, it can take the wind out of your sails and leave you at a loss for how to carry on. You do not need this kind of surprise during the most important procedures of your life. With education in mind, here are some of the most common myths associated with child support.
When parents have joint custody, child support is not necessary: In truth, child support is often a factor in all kinds of custody arrangements.
Child support payments stop when a child turns 18: Sometimes this is true, but if your child is still in school at 18, child support will likely continue.
Child support payment amounts never change: Many situations can result in changes to the support amount including changes in either parent’s income and changes in the needs of the children.
Child support is tax deductible: Actually, child support has no affect whatsoever on either parents’ income tax.
Paying parents have a legal right to know how child support is spent: In fact, the parent who receives child support has no legal obligation to disclose how the funds are spent.
When you and your spouse are well-informed, it can make divorcing easier for everyone involved, including the children. Speak with a divorce lawyer if you would like to learn about Massachusetts child support laws.
Source: SupportPay, “Eight myths about child support,” Sheri Atwood, accessed May 10, 2016