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Whether the issue is divorce, modification of a prior divorce, custody, alimony, child support, or grand-parent's rights, every case and every client is different.  For that reason, I offer a variety of options to address each client's specific family law needs.

In general terms, there are three alternatives when it comes to dealing with family law disputes:

Mediation and Other "Neutral" Options
Collaborative Divorce

Each of these options may aid in the resolution of your family law issues.  However, each does so in different ways.



Pursuant to Federal law, the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines are reviewed every four (4) years. The most recent iteration of the Massachusetts Guidelines became effective in September 15, 2017. However, flaws were found in the calculations and certain applications seemed counterintuitive.  As a result, the Child Support Guidelines Task Force, under the auspices of the Chief Justice of the Trial Court, reviewed and suggested revisions resulting in a new version that became effective on June 15, 2018.

Those revisions produced a significantly different Child Support Guideline Worksheet.  An automated version of this Worksheet is now available on the Probate and Family Court website.  The following link will take you to the webpage from which you can read the Memo which explains the changes, view the new Guidelines themselves or access the Worksheet:   https://www.mass.gov/info-details/child-support-guidelines#2018-guidelines,-forms,-and-information.  

Insert the relevant information into the new Worksheet and the program will calculate the presumptive order for you.   This new version resolves the mistake and counterintuitive results of the prior version and, in the event of a shared custodial arrangement, produces in one application the “net” support figure that previously required two applications of the Worksheet.

It is important to note that the 2018 Guidelines will result in a higher support order than did the 2017 version in cases where there are multiple children some of whom are over age 18 years.  The explanation for this increase is found in the aforementioned Memo, which sets out the various ways to apply the formula and the one ultimately chosen by the Trial Court, under which the downward adjustment for children over age 18 is applied to the eldest child last.

If you would like to discuss in detail how the Guidelines apply to your case, please contact me.


© Scott C. Marks, 2019. 


I will be part of the Northshore Collaborative Divorce panel that will be presenting its divorce workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2019,  from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Peabody Institute Library: 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. To register, please go tohttps://northshorecollaborativedivorce.com/public-programs/  I hope to see you there.                                                        

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