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Child Support

In Massachusetts, whenever child support is an issue, the court typically orders the non-custodial parent to pay a percentage of his or her gross income to the custodial parent for the support of the minor children. The amount of support is usually determined by applying the "child support guidelines." Under the guidelines, the non-custodial parent can pay 25% to 27% of gross income for one child, 28% to 30% of gross income for two children, and 31% to 33% of gross income for three or more children. An adjustment also is made to the guideline amount based upon the custodial parent's income as well as for the cost of health insurance. A judge can deviate from the child support guidelines if the court determines that it would be in the best interest of the children and makes specific written findings stating the reasons why the guidelines should not apply.

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