Family law cases can involve complex collateral questions regarding taxes, trusts and estates and business entities, and family lawyers at small family law firms may not have ready access to tax attorneys, trust and estate attorneys, corporate and real estate attorneys to assist and advise their clients on such questions. As a mid-sized law firm, we have these experienced attorneys available to collaborate, working together on our clients’ behalf at a value Boston-based firms cannot match.
Child support is the financial assistance one parent will pay the other when they are no longer sharing a home, to help with the cost of raising their children. Child support in Massachusetts is based on a formula as set forth in the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Although, the formula applies to the majority of child support cases, there are facts that may lead to a deviation from that figure or facts that may make the determination of child support more complicated, such as self-employment or complex compensation structures. Child support is often a contested aspect of a divorce. For example, in some cases, where the court finds a person to be voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, the court may use the amount a person should be earning, rather than what they are actually earning, in making a child support award.
In a divorce modification case, we secured a substantial reduction in our client’s child support obligation because one of the children now resided with him and, in addition, secured an award of his attorneys’ fees based on our good faith early attempts to resolve the case without the need for contested litigation, which the other party had rebuffed.
Meet Our Family Law Attorneys at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins
Michael P. Friedman
Erin Fitch Nielson
Divorce isn’t easy … We have one daughter that was pretty much stuck in the middle of all of this along with a pretty complicated financial situation … David Burgess and I ran a three year marathon together, and I appreciate all that he did.
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On August 2, 2021, the Executive Office to the Trial Court published new Child Support Guidelines. The new Guidelines become effective on October 4, 2021. There are significant changes to the calculation of support as compared to the previous Guidelines published...
https://www.youtube.com/embed/i1tJK0l73R8 On August 1, 2001 the Executive Office of Child Court issued new child support guidelines which will go into effect on October 4, 2021. There were three major changes made to these guidelines. It is important to note that if...
On August 2, 2021, the Executive Office to the Trial Court published new Child Support Guidelines. The new Guidelines become effective on October 4, 2021. There are significant changes to the calculation of support as compared to the previous Guidelines published in...