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Massachusetts man arrested for child support nonpayment

Most people already know that raising a child is an expensive endeavor. In today's economy, it's difficult enough to support a child with both parents working -- but when a parent is left to support a child on his or her own, the stress can be overwhelming. For this reason, courts have enlisted child support orders. The goal of an order is to ensure that children receive the monetary support they deserve. Unfortunately, those payments aren't always made in a timely manner, which can lead to legal ramifications. A former Massachusetts man is learning about those ramifications after he was arrested in Las Vegas and was cited for failing to pay child support.

The man, originally from Braintree, Massachusetts, owes more than $32,000 in child support for his daughter who is now 16 years old. Several years have passed since he appeared in family court and since that time he has neglected to live up to his fatherly responsibilities; instead, he ran off to Las Vegas. His ex-girlfriend told reporters that she had been conned by the man and that she used to believe "he was the one". She also expressed concern over the fact that he's never requested to see his daughter.

The man was previously listed as one of the Top Ten Most Wanted "deadbeat dads" and was apprehended in Las Vegas after a routine patrol found him sleeping behind the wheel of his vehicle. When officers checked his identity, they found he was a fugitive and placed him under arrest. He's currently awaiting extradition to Massachusetts.

Now, his ex-girlfriend, along with her legal counsel, will embark on a journey to obtain the monetary support they've been slighted for so many years. The case should be viewed as a lesson to other individuals seeking to avoid their child support responsibilities.

Source: The Patriot Ledger, "Former Braintree man arrested in Vegas; he owes child support to Quincy woman," Dennis Tatz, Aug. 5, 2011

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