Massachusetts Child Support vs Real Cost of Kids

Massachusetts Child Support vs. Real Cost of Kids

Child Support

Massachusetts has child support guidelines. The guidelines were created to determine the amount of financial support the non-custodial parent pays to the custodial parent for the support of the child(ren). Frequently parties involved in a this matter believe that support per the guidelines is either too much or too little. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has produced a report calculating the average cost to raise a kid before college. The cost is…
The USDA says that the average cost to raise a kid is $234,900.00. The report is for for the period from birth through 17 years of age. This means that the average annual child support cost is $13,817.64.

The USDA breaks down these child support expenses in the following categories: 30% for housing, 18% for child care and education, 16% for food, 14% for transportation, 6% for clothing, 8% for healthcare, and 8% for miscellaneous.
This above percentages are for the whole country and typically costs more to live in Massachusetts than other states. So, I think it is fair to say that the cost to raise a child in Massachusetts is significantly higher than other states. Based on USDA average it is necessary for the payor to pay approximately $265.72 per week in support to cover 100% of a child’s needs. Again, it is likely that the amount is significantly higher in Massachusetts.
Before you complain about the amount of child support you are paying or receiving, take into consideration the above numbers.

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