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Boston Bar Association Files Amicus Brief Re: Child Support Guidelines

Amid a legal challenge to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, the Boston Bar Association has filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts arguing these and other points:

(1) The process whereby Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines have been promulgated is in compliance with the Massachusetts Constitution.

(2) Striking down the Guidelines. . .
      (a)  Would lead to uncertainty, instability, and inefficiency in awarding child support;
      (b)  Could jeopardize Federal Funding for the Commonwealth's Public Welfare Programs.

The case now pending before the Supreme Judicial Court is called Fathers & Families, Inc. v. Chief Justice for Administration and Management. The Boston Bar Association's amicus brief was drafted by Frances M. Giordano, Kelly A. Leighton, Gayle-Stone Turesky, Lee Peterson, and Alexander D. Jones.

The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.