Sometimes, non-custodial parents and custodial parents have certain misconceptions about child support and other family law matters. Unfortunately, these misconceptions can have disastrous consequences. For example, if you are obligated to provide your child's other parent with child support payments, you may face harsh consequences if you fail to make all of your payments in full and on time. Our law firm understands the stress that parents in this position may face across Massachusetts and we believe it may be helpful to shed light on some common misconceptions parents may have with regard to child support.
Sometimes, non-custodial parents may think that they do not need to pay child support if the custodial parent agrees. Or, a parent may think that because their child has reached the age of 18 years old, they no longer need to make payments, even though child support obligations can extend beyond the time a child turns 18, in certain circumstances. Moreover, some people who are required to pay child support may assume that they are no longer obligated to make payments solely because they were laid off, without taking steps to modify the child support order.
Unfortunately, these assumptions or misconceptions can create harsh consequences for non-custodial parents who miss payments. If you are unsure about whether or not you are required to pay child support or have questions about modification or other matters, you should immediately review your responsibilities and rights.
Over in our custody and child support section, you can access more on some of the different family law topics families work through.