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Massachusetts child support and alimony payments must be paid

Orders for payments such as child support or alimony are common in divorce cases in Massachusetts. In addition, child support and alimony payments are mandatory once ordered by the court. If a person in our state fails to make the monthly payments as required, they may find that they face penalties such as fines and jail time.

In one recent case that may sound familiar to some in Massachusetts, a man was jailed after he refused to make alimony payments to his wife as ordered during their divorce. In fact, one report indicates, the man owes his wife over $65,000 in back payments. This total stems from his failure to pay the $2,000 per week ordered in the contentious divorce case.

The report also notes that a similar result may occur when a person fails to pay child support payments. Like those for alimony, child support is mandatory once ordered. When a non-custodial parent does not pay the ordered amount to the custodial parent, the child who is the subject of the child support order may suffer.

Penalties for failing to pay court-ordered child support or alimony payments can vary depending upon the details of an individual case. For some, courts may find that an issuance of fines is sufficient to induce a non-paying parent or former spouse. It is only in severe cases that jail is likely to occur. However, when a person in our state finds that they have not received the monies to which they are entitled, they may benefit from learning all aspects of their options under local law.

Source: nj.com, "Man jailed for alimony 'holds the key to his own jail cell,' says ex-wife," Lillian Shupe, Dec. 17, 2012

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