The Fathers and Families Legal Defense Fund
In 2009, Fathers and Families brought a lawsuit to block the new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines cause substantial increases in child support in almost all cases. The Guidelines were developed by a secret committee and made into law by the fiat of a single, unelected judge. The lawsuit has been covered by the Associated Press, the New York Times, CBS, WRKO, the Boston Globe, NPR, Newsweek, and numerous other major media outlets. To learn more, click here.
Fathers and Families wrote an amicus brief for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court which helped win a precedent-setting case protecting children in joint physical custody from being moved out of state, away from one parent. To read our brief, click here.
Fathers and Families penned an amicus brief for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in A.H. v. M.P. supporting the parenting rights of a non-biological lesbian mother — a woman who had been a parental figure for the child for years but who was cut off from the child by the biological mother after the couple separated. Fathers and Families feared that the case could set a precedent marginalizing parents to whom children are deeply attached simply because they are breadwinners. To read our brief, click here.
In the Savarese case, a Massachusetts father was hit with an erroneous child-support arrearage of over $100,000. Despite many obstacles, Fathers and Families was able to get the false arrearage wiped out.