There are several ways that child support can be agreed upon in Massachusetts. The parents can ask a judge to approve an agreed-upon support order during a divorce or other family law proceeding. Most cases are started by submitting an Application for Full Child Support Services to the Department of Revenue office.
The Department can help locate a ‘missing’ non-custodial parent and determine paternity for any children born outside legal marriage. In addition to this, the Department is able to help with the collection and distribution of child support, determining child support obligations, and then enforcing them.