Strong Advocacy In Child Support Cases

Child SupportThe main concern of any divorcing parent is to minimize the impact on their child — emotionally and financially. Child support is intended to provide monetary support to meet the needs of the child.

At Panaggio Law, we work with parents to determine child support according to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. To meet with a family law attorney to discuss your child support needs or concerns, give us a call. We have offices in Fall River and Newton.

How Do The Child Support Guidelines Apply To Your Case?

In Massachusetts, child support is determined based on a number of set conditions. The courts consider the following when determining child support:

  • Gross weekly income of each parent
  • Earning capacity of parent, if he or she is not currently working
  • Which parent is providing health insurance to child
  • Age of each child

Clients come to us with many questions regarding child support. We aim to answer these questions and be an advocate for each client we represent. But more than anything, we make every decision based on meeting the needs of each child involved.

What Happens When There Is Nonpayment of Child Support?

When one parent fails to make child support payments, the custodial parent and child suffer. We are familiar with the various techniques available in child support enforcements. Some of these may include:

  • Wage garnishment/wage assignment — withholding payment from the paycheck of nonpaying parent
  • Suspension of business or professional license
  • Suspension of driver's license
  • Possible incarceration

There are state and federal laws addressing nonpayment of child support. If the location of the nonpaying parent is not known, it may be possible to locate him or her through the Parent Locator Service. This service allows a parent to access information obtained by the federal government. Information can be gathered through tax refunds, the IRS, Social Security Administration and more.

Contact Us

To meet with a divorce lawyer regarding your child support issue — whether it involves determining child support for the first time or enforcing payments from the noncustodial parent — contact us online or call us at 508-679-2295. We accept all major credit cards for clients' convenience.