CAN THE COURT ORDER MY SPOUSE TO SUPPORT ME AND MY CHILDREN?

Dear Hindell,

My spouse has threatened not to support me and my children if I file for a divorce. Can the court order my spouse to do this?

Sincerely,
Stressing out in Cambridge

The court has the authority to order a parent to support his or her children and will use Child Support Guidelines to determine the amount. If there are children alimony may also be ordered if the combined income of both spouses exceeds $250,000. If there are no children, there will not be child support, but there may be alimony, depending on a variety of factors. The new Child Support Guidelines effective August 1, 2013 are helpful in identifying how to calculate both child support and alimony.

Hindell S. Grossman, Esq.
Grossman & Associates, Ltd.
(617) 969-0069

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