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How Massachusetts Courts Determine Child Support Obligations

Parents often ask how much child support they will receive or pay. This question can become complicated, but general guidelines apply to most situations. Although Massachusetts courts are given the discretion to reach an appropriate result when answering this question, judges usually consider and rely on Child Support Guidelines (CSGs) when making their decisions. Although parents can argue for a different result due to unusual circumstances, and can attempt to secure court approval of their support agreements, the CSGs are presumed to determine what levels of payments parents can expect based upon their relative income levels.

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