Child Support And Spousal Support

Reach A Support Arrangement That Reflects Your Interests

Divorce means the end of a marriage, but in many cases it does not mean the sudden or complete end of a relationship. Many former spouses will remain connected by the children they share, as well as by financial arrangements such as child support or spousal support.

Unlike the division of assets and debts, financial support often lasts for years in order to compensate for differences in each party’s income and their underlying ability to support themselves and their children.

At Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel, PC, we represent clients seeking to receive child support and/or spousal support, as well as clients who might have to pay support. In every case, we advocate for your interests. And because we have worked with clients on both sides of support negotiations, we have a keen understanding of the priorities and strategies you can expect from the other party.

Understanding How Support Is Calculated

Ultimately, child support and spousal support takes the form of a dollar figure. Both of these types of support payments are calculated according to guidelines.

Child Support amounts are based on a number of factors including:

  • Income of each party
  • Child custody and parenting time arrangements
  • Payments to healthcare and child care

Spousal support amounts are based on a number of factors including:

  • The income of each party during the marriage
  • The earning potential of each party based on education and work experience
  • Each party’s share of childrearing responsibilities during marriage, including any time away from work to raise children full time
  • The need for support vs. the ability to pay the support

Learn More By Speaking With An Experienced Lawyer

The decisions made during support negotiations can have a long-lasting impact on your finances and your well-being, as well as those of your children. To learn more about how we can help protect your interests, schedule an appointment with Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel, PC, by calling our office in Amesbury at 978-388-1787 or contacting us online.