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Child support and domestic violence

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"Where Do We Go From Here?" is a self-help “know your rights” manual designed to provide community legal education to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, shelter and other intimate partner violence service provider staff, and other non-lawyers who have questions about getting out of and staying out of abusive situations. 

"Where Do We Go From Here?" was produced by Western Massachusetts Legal Services

Produced by an AmeriCorps Project of Western Massachusetts Legal Services updated and revised Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated October, 2009

In Massachusetts there are child support laws to make sure that parents who do not live together share the cost of raising their children. Massachusetts expects parents who do not live with their children to meet their share of the cost by paying child support.  Sometimes a child lives part-time with one parent and part-time with the other parent. In these cases, the parent who lives with the child for less time usually pays child support to the other parent. The parent paying child support usually also pays for the child's health insurance.

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Chapter 3. Child Support from Where Do We Go From Here?  a manual for survivors of domestic violence.

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