That is ridiculous, I can not imagine that most parents live out of state and if so then they should only adjust their support orders. Because it was ridiculous prior to that, nevermind now. For example a father could make 135,000 a year and pay his ex wife and four kids 36,000 a year, but after taxes kept 55,000 for HIMSELF!!! How is that fair??? Not to mention if that mother of four kids could work, she would spend much of her salary on day care, whoopee she gets to write it off in the end, well that does not help her the rest of the year!!! What if that same father is living with or married to someone that makes over 100,000.00 a year, once again how fair is that? That should have to come into play, so between two people with no kids they make 155,000.00 a year, where the ex wife with four kids gets to live off of 36,000.00 a year. THe ex husbands, new partners money should come into play, it should not be used to pay for his kids, but it most certainly should be considered as money he has access to,. Meaning if she can afford to pay all the bills then she should have to, he should give extra to his kids. His new wife knew this coming in, so shame on her. She would have to pay all of the house bills anyhow, even if he didn't live with her. The person or people who come up with these numbers are certainly not women, not women with four children and an ex who has screwed them from day one!! This is such a disgrace, these out of state people should be viewed on a case by case basis.
I think you may have misunderstood my explanation. This change had nothing to do with parents who live out-of-state. The decision had to do with the fact that when compared to other states, Massachusetts parents generally pay more. If you'd like to understand more about the new guidelines and the reasoning behind the guidelines in general, all of that information can be found here:
I have read them, I thought they sounded better for the parent who was receiving the support. It is ridiculous to compare to other states as our cost of living is much higher, everything is much higher. I am sure it is based on percentages, but it is already so pathetic leaving the father with so much more income. It is disgraceful.
Thank you for your response.