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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer Lovin' Series:The DOR is requesting past child support. Can they do that?

Summer is finally here.  The air is humid, the sunblock is out, and it's finally time for vacations and school break.  But enjoying summer too much has its consequences.  Our Summer Lovin' series is about those consequences for Unmarried Parents in Massachusetts:

Summer Lovin' Series #8: The DOR is requesting past child support.  Can they do that?

In a Divorce case, a custodial parent cannot receive any child support for time prior to the filing and service of the Complaint. This is because there is a presumption that the parents lived together and shared income until the case was filed.

In a Paternity case there is no such presumption and DOR or a custodial parent can request child support arrears dating all the way back to the birth of the child. There are a number of factors that the Court can consider in determining the amount of and the appropriateness of a child support arrearage and you should consult with an attorney to discuss these factors, especially since this can often be a very significant amount of money.
 
Kelsey & Trask, P.C. is now offering flat fee representation at DOR support hearings for a flat fee of $750 in most cases.  For teen parents under the age of 18, Kelsey & Trask, P.C. offers free representation for DOR support hearings.

For more information visit our webpage devoted specifically to DOR hearings.


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