The state of Massachusetts uses specific guidelines to determine child support. Parents who want to estimate either how much child support they owe, or how much child support they will receive, should use Massachusetts’ interactive child support calculator, which is provided by the state.
Tips for Using the Massachusetts Child Support Calculator
- Only use the Massachusetts child support calculator provided by the state’s Department of Revenue website.
- Third-party child support calculators may not provide users with a reliable, accurate child support estimate.
- Be aware that the Massachusetts child support calculator is designed to provide an estimate only.
- In order to use the calculator, you will need to know the gross weekly income of both parents, including wages, tips, bonuses, self-employment earnings, investment income, and all other sources of income.
- You will also need to know about certain expenses for each parent, including child care, health insurance and dental/vision premiums, and other child support obligations.
Tips for Parents Requesting Child Support in Massachusetts
- Become familiar with Massachusetts’ child support guidelines.
- You can file for child support services online through the Department of Revenue web site.
- When filing for child support, provide a much detailed, accurate information as you can.
- The state of Massachusetts prefers to distribute child support payments electronically. As such, parents receiving child support in Massachusetts will be asked to receive payments a debit card.
Tips for Parents Who Owe Child Support in Massachusetts
- You can make child support payments online through the Massachusetts Department of Revenue web site.
- Be aware that the state of Massachusetts charges interest on unpaid child support.
- If you have difficulty paying child support, consider requesting a child support modification.