Child Custody & Support Laws MA

The Legal Standard: The best interests of the children           

The Law Offices of Todd D. Beauregard, P.C. is a dedicated child custody & child support lawyer in Lowell MA & Nashua NH. Attorney Beauregard can help you evaluate the critical information regarding the issues related to custody, visitation and child support for parents going thru a divorce. Only when the law is known, and how the law applies to our client’s circumstances can our clients decide how the best results can be achieved. This process requires trained professionals who are skilled to work with the other spouse, so that all the options are presented. Having an attorney who is experienced in custody and support laws in MA & NH can offer a great advantage. The law office has 5 convenient locations in Lowell MA, North Andover MA, Boston MA, Concord MA & Nashua NH.Child Custody lawyer in Lowell MA

Todd D. Beauregard works in both Massachusetts and NH courts.

Child Custody FAQ’s

What is physical custody?

Where the child’s primary residence is to be.

What is legal custody?           

A parent’s right to make decisions regarding their social upbringing, their health care, religious activity and their education.

What is the difference between “primary” and “shared/joint” custody?   

If Mother has primary physical custody, the child lives most of the time with mother. If child lives 50% with Parent A and 50% of the time with Parent B, the parents share joint physical custody. Similarly, parents with joint decision making have joint legal custody.

What is a parenting plan?           

The term visitation is not used widely anymore. It is a plan whereby the child spends time with both parents. It can be as specific or flexible as meets the child’s needs.

Who provides transportation, pays for extracurricular, health insurance, uninsured medical expenses during and after the divorce?       

The answer depends entirely on the circumstances.

What does the term “Child Support Guidelines” mean?           

The minimum amount required by law that one parent must pay to the other parent in support of their child, determined by the parties income, and other factors.

Can parents deviate from the guidelines?          

Some judges allow it, others do not. It depends entirely on the circumstances.

Who is DOR, and what role do they play in child support?        

Department of Revenue can and does involve themselves, sometimes stepping in to represent the parent who is not receiving payment from the other parent.

In Massachusetts, what is the age of emancipation?           

It can be when the child attains the age of 18, or, under circumstances where the child remains financially dependent and also attends higher education, then their 23rd birthday. Child support remains in effect until the child is emancipated.

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