Massachusetts Interstate Child Support Appeal Attorney
The Child Support Guidelines provides a formula for calculating the presumptive obligations due. But judges make mistakes.
The presumptive child support amount is subject to discretionary "deviation" from the norm. Errors increase as the financial picture becomes more complicated.
There is a lot of room for error when a trial court considers interstate child support disputes. Trial courts sometimes decide the issue using the wrong State's law or errs in considering the totality of the facts involved.
An interstate child support judgment will become final if not challenged by appeal. The judgment will become the starting point for future child support disputes. Contact (978-846-5184) MA Interstate Child Support Appeal Attorney William Driscoll for an assessment of your case.
There are many conditions which render the "Guidelines" uncertain. For example, reimbursed employee benefits, stock options, bonuses, seasonal income, non-W2 income (e.g., business ownership or self-employment income), non-employment income (e.g., investments or rental property), or where there is a special tax impact involved (e.g., S-Corporation or capital gains taxation).
Interstate child support appeals are typically very fact intensive, can include a battle of expert opinion, and require a keen attention to detail. The ramifications of each case is typically far reaching. Ultimately the decision is one of discretion for the judge. But judges make mistakes.