Child Support Guidelines for Massachusetts
For a copy of the Guidelines, click here.
For a copy of the Guidelines worksheet – 2018
For a copy of Instructions for completing the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, click here.
For a copy of the Child Support Guidelines Chart, click here.
For an on-line Guidelines calculator, click here.
Separation/Divorce Agreement checklist:
Click here for a Separation/Divorce Agreement Checklist of issues that need to be addressed (or at least considered) in marital separation and divorce. (This document has been adapted from a checklist prepared by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.)
Model Separation Agreement:
For a sample separation agreement, which includes optional provisions relating to children, please click here.
Click here for a Divorce Mediation Primer that answers basic questions about the process of mediation, such as “why mediate?” and “what will it cost?”
Health Insurance During and After Divorce
The Office of Attorney General Tom Reilly and Health Law Advocates have created a 28-page pamphlet Staying Healthy: A Guide to Keeping Health Insurance After Divorce, November 2002. Click here for a printable version of the pamphlet.
Parent Education Programs
In divorce cases filed on or before July 11, 2021, parents of minor children are required to complete a court-approved parent education program and file their parent education certificates with the proper division of the Probate and Family Court by August 31, 2021. For more information, please click here.
In divorce cases filed on or after July 12, 2021, there will be no such requirement until further notice from the Probate and Family Court. For more information about this update, please click here.
The Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has issued a set of Model Parenting Plans which provide non-mandatory suggestions for co-parenting. Click here for a copy of the document.
The Massachusetts Legal and Mental Health communities have collaborated to create Planning for Shared Parenting: A Guide for Parents Living Apart. Click here for a printable version of the 23-page pamphlet.
The forms needed for filing for divorce in Massachusetts.
Financial Statement and Expense List
When filing for divorce parties are required to file a financial statement. There are two forms; the Long Form and Short Form. If you earn more than $75,000, then use the Long Form. If you earn less, then use the Short Form.
As part of the required Financial Statement form for divorce filings, the parties are required to list their expenses (as well as income, assets, and liabilities). The Court form, however, does not provide adequate space for such a list for most people, and so we have devised our own (with some help from a list that appeared in the ABA’s “Family Advocate” magazine) – click here for an Excel version.
Disclaimer – please note: The purpose of providing these forms and other materials is not to provide legal advice. Please consult with counsel – either at BLC or other counsel – about these forms to see whether they are appropriate for your particular circumstances.