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Deviation Factors

Posted by attorney Howard Lewis

Reasons for deviation include:

the parent paying support has other minor children and there are insufficient financial resources available;

the parent paying support has extraordinary expenses (travel-related visitation expenses, uninsured medical expenses); and

other unusual circumstances.

The court may deviate from the support obligation based on the support worksheet by address the following issues:

alimony payments

tax exemptions for the children

minimum and maximum levels of payment

custody and visitation order

child care

age of the children

health insurance obligations

attribution of income

prior orders of support

and expenses of subsequent families.

(Massachusetts General Laws - Chapter 208 - Sections: 28)

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