Schaefer Law

Family Law

Child Support

Child support is court-ordered monetary support from one parent to the other, designed to support the wellbeing of a child or children. The purpose of child support is to help meet a child or the children’s basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, as would normally be supported by two parents in a household. Many factors determine the amount of child support ordered such as parenting time, the parents’ incomes, health insurance costs, and cost of childcare. The Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines are utilized for clients in Massachusetts to ascertain the proper amount of child support in any given situation. Children in Massachusetts are entitled to support from their parents, so it is highly important that the amount of child support ordered is accurate, given the circumstances.

Given the vital nature of child support in supporting your child or children, our team knows that it’s essential to obtain all relevant, available information needed to determine the proper amount of support. Having the expertise and advocacy skills of an experience family law attorney will aid you in securing the right amount of support for your family, so working with our team can make the process easier. One of our family law attorneys can help you navigate complex issues that often arise in child support cases, such as obtaining a parent’s employment and/or income records to figure out the suitable amount of child support owed.

The team at Schaefer Law understands the stress and turmoil that accompany a contested child support matter, and we prioritize the wellbeing of our client and their child or children. Our attorneys work diligently to provide practical legal guidance and strategic advice while staying focused on each client’s needs, goals, and circumstance. Individualized attention to each of our clients allows us to successfully navigate the stressful child support process while achieving a successful resolution that protects our client’s rights. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 617-494-0088 or email at officeadmin@pamelaschaeferlaw.com.

CHILD CUSTODY & PARENTAL VISITATION

Child custody has two components in Massachusetts: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody determines which parent has the right to make decisions regarding a child’s health and wellbeing, education, religious upbringing, and development. Legal custody may be shared jointly by parents or be held solely by one parent, depending on the circumstances. Physical custody refers to the parenting time arrangement, which indicates how much time each parent has with the child or children, which can vary greatly. One parent may have primary physical custody, while the other parent has reasonable parenting time based on what is in the best interest of the child, or parents may have joint physical custody in which each parent has equal, or near equal, parenting time and responsibility.

Child custody disputes can be extremely difficult and taxing on families. Not only will our skilled family law attorneys guide you through the litigation aspects of child custody matters, but our attorneys will also offer creative solutions to child custody problems based on years of experience in the field and a passion for providing the best possible outcomes for your family.

The team at Schaefer Law understands the stress and turmoil of contested child custody cases. The wellbeing of our clients and their child or children is always our primary concern so we work diligently to provide practical legal guidance and strategic advice while staying focused on each client’s needs, goals, and circumstance. By providing one-on-one attention to each client, our team can help to successfully navigate our clients through tumultuous child custody matters while working toward a successful resolution to protects client rights. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 617-494-0088 or email at officeadmin@pamelaschaeferlaw.com.