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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 is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 12,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.