Dividing up financial responsibility for children can sometimes instigate strong disputes between separating parents as child custody guidelines are set. Support schedules can often be determined completely independent of custody and visitation arrangements, though payment compliance may be emotionally linked to the other. Some families in Massachusetts may need to set child support guidelines because of financial changes within the family or due to a parent not providing needed help.
A child custody dispute may continue for many months or years and can sometimes require attention as the financial position of each parent changes over time. Income and marital status, as well as career loss or advancement, could alter the monetary responsibility that a particular parent may have. Changes in health or education of the children involved could also influence an increase or decrease on support need. Disputes may also arise if the non-custodial parent is not fulfilling his or her financial obligation to the children.