PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2021
Trial Court Issues New Child Support Guidelines
New guidelines go into effect on October 4, 2021
BOSTON, MA -- Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey today announced the promulgation of revised child support guidelines to be effective on October 4, 2021, based on a comprehensive review by the 2020-2021 Child Support Guidelines Task Force. The Task Force that conducted the review, which is required every four years, was chaired by Probate and Family Court Chief Justice John D. Casey and Hon. Katherine Field.
The child support guidelines are used by Trial Court judges in setting orders for child support, in deciding whether to approve agreements for child support, and in deciding cases that are before the Court to modify existing orders.
“I am very appreciative of the work that this Task Force did in reviewing every facet of the child support guidelines,” said Trial Court Chief Justice Carey. “These guidelines address a number of issues concerning child support and are responsive to the feedback that the Task Force received from judges, attorneys, and the public.”
The Task Force recommended a number of changes. Some changes are minor, while others represent new or modified provisions. The most significant changes are outlined below. Extensive information about all the provisions of the child support guidelines can be found in the commentary that is included in the guidelines.
In addition to Chief Justice Casey and Judge Field, the 2020-2021 Task Force included: Kara Carey, Esq., David Friedman, Esq., Fern Frolin, Esq., Lisa Greenberg, Esq., Christopher Hercun, Peter Kajko, Esq., Hon. Robert Langlois (ret.), Dolores O’Neill, Esq., Anna Richardson, Esq., Jamie Sabino, Esq., Kimberlie Sweet, Esq., Amanda Vanderhorst, Esq., Patrick Yoyo, Esq. and Kelly Zawistowski, Esq. The economic consultant for this Task Force was The Brattle Group, led by Mark Sarro, Ph.D., with Christine Polek, Ph.D., Shastri Sandy, Ph.D., M.B.A., and Tessie McGough. The Task Force was supported by Project Manager Denise M. Fitzgerald, Esq. of the Probate and Family Court and Robert Dunphy, Jr., Esq. of the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Trial Court.
Additional information on the quadrennial review of the child support guidelines can be found on the Court’s website.