From the child support Guideline of MA, it says: In establishing support orders for children over age 18, to the extent permitted by law, the Court shall exercise its discretion considering the reason for the continued residence with and dependence on the
Recipient, the child’s academic circumstances, living situation, the available resources of the parents, the costs of postsecondary education for the child and the allocation of those costs between the parents, and the availability of financial aid. However, I was told the child support amount should follow the formula in the child support guideline. If the parents had set up an account which is enough to pay tuition and room and board with consideration of scholarship the child is getting, is it possible to reduce child support amount?We didn't want to stop child support and will make sure the kid gets what he needs, but based on the formula, we feel the amount is overwelming esp. the new formula results in the more amount for 1 kid than what the child support amount for 2 kids (based on the old formula and the older one had just graduated). We wonder if the court would consider average expense for college kid to determine actual child support amount. The kid account was set up to pay college expenses before the divorce and it's in the kid's name. If there were no divorce, this account would be used for the kid's education. Why the non-custodial parent would be forced to pay a lot more based on the formula without consideration of the account? Is there any similar case that the child support amount is reduced from the calculation?