The Massachusetts statute on the enforcement of child support judgments is very clear that child support judgments are not "subject to retroactive modification except with respect to any period during which there is pending a complaint for modification." M.G.L. c. 119A §13(a) . A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision recognized some exceptions to this rule "in certain very limited circumstances." Rosen v. Rosen (2016) The Rosen case involved a couple who were married fourteen years and divorced by agreement in 2003. The mother had primary physical custody of three children and the father paid monthly child support of $4,500. Upon the oldest child moving in with the father, he unilaterally reduced his support by 1/3 without court approval. The parties later reached an agreement (2009) memorializing a change in support to $3,400. The agreement was filed but not approved by the court due to procedural issues. In 2011, a second child moved in with fat
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