To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.
When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Massachusetts.
Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.
For the most part these calculators assume that all of the children will primarily live with one parent. It is not intended to estimate situations where there is joint physical custody or split custody.
These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order but who are living with one of the parents.
These factors and others may affect a child support order entered by a court.
The purpose of this calculator is informational and educational only. It does not constitute legal advice. This child support calculator is based on statutory guidelines. The court has the final authority to determine the amount of child support awarded. This number is only an estimate and is not a guarantee of the amount of child support that will be awarded. Other factors may affect the amount of child support awarded. Please see an attorney in your area for more detailed information.
Modifying your Massachusetts Child Support Order
In Massachusetts, modifications to child support orders must receive approval from the court, as only the court can modify child support obligations. Read the following information to learn how to start the process of modifying your child support order.
If you already have a pre-existing child support order with the Department of Revenue (DOR) and your youngest child is under 17 ½, you may be eligible to request that your child support order be modified. The Child Support Enforcement Division of the DOR can help you through the process of requesting an administrative hearing from the court. Following is the process you will need to take in order to modify your Massachusetts child support order:
• File a Complaint for Modification form (the form will be mailed to the other parent)
• Wait several weeks for a court hearing
• Compile evidence regarding your ability to pay
• Attend a court hearing
Your child support may or may not be modified after going through this process. For more information about Massachusetts child support guidelines and DOR child support services, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=doragencylanding&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Individuals+and+Families&L2=Help+%26+Resources&L3=Child+Support+Enforcement&sid=Ador.
If you would like to obtain an estimate of how much your monthly child support payments may change in a modified order, visit www.AllLaw.com and use their free child support calculator. By entering your financial information and the number of children in your household, this tool can give you an approximate calculation of how much your monthly child support payments may be in Worcester, Cambridge, Lowell, Springfield, Brockton, Boston, or elsewhere in the state.