Divorce & Family Law

Child Support & Custody

Ryan Faenza Carey P.C. Family Law Child Support and Custody

Child support is the responsibility of both parents, whether or not the parents were ever married. Depending upon the circumstances, child support is payable until the child reaches age 18, 21, or 23. Many factors govern the amount of child support, including the incomes of both parents, the number of children, the amount of parenting time each parent has with the children, amounts paid for childcare, health insurance, dental/vision insurance, previous support obligations as well as other factors that may be case sensitive.

Massachusetts has Child Support Guidelines governing the payment of support for dependent children. The overhaul of the guidelines, implemented in 2008 by Chief Justice Robert Mulligan, were in response to the work of the original statewide Child Support Task Force on which Attorney Marilynne R. Ryan served as Co-Chair. The guidelines are reviewed every four years. Attorney Kara Carey served on the 2020-2021 Child Support Task Force in which substantial changes were made.

The Child Support Guidelines (and the worksheet to compute the support amount) are available on the Massachusetts Trial Court Website. Click here to view the latest guidelines and click here to get to the worksheet.

If you are seeking direction on matters concerning child support, you should meet with an attorney to help you determine your rights and responsibilities.

Silver Linings: A Guide for Divorced and Divorcing Parents

Silver Linings 2 addresses topics that parents often encounter with their children during and after divorce.  Written by Marilynne R. Ryan, Esq., founding partner of Ryan Faenza Carey and Diana S. Kierein, Esq., LICSW, a Newton-based clinical social worker, therapist, and former family law attorney, Silver Linings 2 represents the second edition compilation of many years of experience and advice from these two professionals.

A quick and convenient “go-to” guide, this tiny book covers the many obstacles and “divorce-borne burdens” children and parents encounter.  Each chapter starts with a directive such as “Will they Love the Other Parent More Than Me?” and then follows with sound advice on how parents can handle day-to-day situations.  Thoughtful insights from authors who are passionate about children impacted by divorce, Silver Linings is a guide that you will refer to again and again.  This is a highly recommended easy read. To obtain a copy of the book, please email info@rfclegal.com.



The policy of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is that children of unmarried parents be afforded the same rights and protections as children of married parents. Issues may arise concerning naming of a parent on a birth certificate, custody, parenting rights, child support, health insurance and life insurance as it pertains to children. Retroactive support may be sought as far back as the birth of a child of unmarried parents. It is never too early for the unmarried parents of children to seek professional legal advice concerning their rights and obligations, even before the birth of the child.

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