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Child support payments highest in Massachusetts

People in Massachusetts have the highest child support payments in the country, a figure that reflects the cost of living but also the state's laws. For divorced parents, child support calculations can be an important factor when considering relocation. Under federal law, each state can set its own guidelines for calculating child support. Even neighboring states can have substantially different support guidelines, with average payments differing by over $600 between Massachusetts and Vermont.

The changing demographics of American divorce

While many in Massachusetts know that many marriages end in divorce, they may not realize that the divorce rate for most Americans is actually falling. In the decade between 2008 and 2018, the divorce rate declined by 18%. The decline in the rate came even as a larger number of people see divorce as socially acceptable or a positive choice when couples do not enjoy a positive relationship. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4.7 of every 1,000 Americans were divorced in 1990, a number that fell to 2.9 by 2016.

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