Mansfield, MA asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts

Q: stepparent's obligation for child support if it's not in divorce decree. (In MA)

Divorce decree states "no child support, no alimony" in both directions. Mother has full custody and (adoptive) stepparent has the kid every other weekend. Fast forward seven years, the kid is 16, getting into trouble, and mostly uninterested in going to Stepdad's every other weekend. If Stepdad no longer wants to force the visitations, can the mom file to have child support revisited? If so, what are her chances of being successful? Thanks for any help!

2 Lawyer Answers

Lillian J. LaRosa

Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Woburn, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: If the child is adopted by you then the child support guidelines level of support would apply and child support orders can be sought regardless of whether visitation occurs.

Christine G. DeBernardis

Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Amesbury
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: It sounds as if you may be entitled to support regardless of whether the child continues with weekends. If you are the custodial parent, you are entitled to support of the child.

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