Child support in Massachusetts can be tricky to understand. It gets more difficult when you realize that you have stopped getting support even though your child's other parent has been paying it. This often happens due to a hold being placed on your account. When this happens, you should be able to get information explaining why the account is on hold.
There are many ways Massachusetts handles parents who do not fulfill their child support obligations. In most cases, this involves extra fees and fines. Sometimes cases are handled in more serious ways, including taking the person's driver's license or putting them in jail. You may be wondering why someone would be jailed and if that really is the right way to handle this situation.
On this blog, many child support matters have been looked over, such as the penalties for falling behind and ways to make payments more manageable. However, there are other topics that may be especially relevant to you, depending on the details of your life or your child's life. For example, college could have an impact on your child support payments in various ways. It is essential to look at your situation from an individualized standpoint and at Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, our law office knows how critical it is for you to focus on any unique aspects of your case.
When it comes to child support and other aspects of family law, there are many consequences associated with failing to fulfill one's obligations. Moreover, some people may not realize how certain laws and programs, such as the Treasury Offset Program, can upend their lives if they fall behind on child support or even spousal support duties. Unfortunately, falling behind on these obligations can lead to a series of financial difficulties and other problems that may have a significant impact on one's life.
It is somewhat of a myth that when a person has a child, the obligation to raise that child only lasts until he or she is 18 years old. Most parents in Massachusetts would agree this is entirely false. Many parents take care of their children, financially, long after they turn 18. With that in mind, the state has set guidelines for child support beyond this age.
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.
If you live in Massachusetts and are currently paying or receiving child support, a situation may arise when you want to try to modify the amount payed or received. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, we have a firm understanding of the various circumstances that might warrant a change to an existing child support order, and we have helped many clients navigate the process associated with doing so.
Unpaid child support can create serious problems for custodial parents and non-custodial parents as well. In Boston, and cities all around Massachusetts, many parents have fallen behind on their child support payments. Unfortunately, this can generate a variety of problems, from the threat of arrest to tax refund interception and wage garnishment. Moreover, custodial parents may have difficulties as well, whether they cannot afford school supplies or the cost of clothes.
As a parent, various issues may concern you on a regular basis, such as your child's performance in school or picking him or her up from a sports game. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, our Massachusetts law firm is very familiar with the other hardships that parents may encounter in Boston and throughout the state. For example, you may be going through a tough time financially because your former marital partner simply refuses to pay their child support.
When couples decide that divorce is necessary, a number of questions may arise. From spousal support to the custody of children and child support, divorce can change lives in various ways. Moreover, people in Boston and throughout Massachusetts may not realize that separating from their spouse can affect them in other respects, such as having an impact on their income tax return. During tax season, it is especially important for you to understand any tax obligations you may have following a recent divorce.