In Massachusetts, the courts must apply the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines to determine the appropriate amount of child support. There is a rebuttable presumption that the amount of the Order which would result from the application of the guidelines is the appropriate amount of support. The court may deviate from the guidelines if the amount of support ordered would be unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances.
If the court does award a deviation, it must include the specific facts of the case that justify a departure from the guidelines and the departure must be in the best interest of the child. If you have any questions about the appropriate amount of child support for your situation, you should consult your legal professional.