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Unpaid child support lands Massachusetts man behind bars

Like many other states, Massachusetts is getting serious when it comes to collecting child support payments. In a recent case, a Quincy District Court judge ordered a 47-year-old man held on $20,000 cash bail. The man was charged with a variety of offenses, including abandonment of a child without support and failure to comply with a support order. According to officials, the man has had some issues with non-payment of child support in the past.

In 2007 the man was found to be in contempt of court by a Norfolk County Probate and Family Court judge because of unpaid child support. In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue placed the man on its list of 10 most-wanted parents owing child support. According to court records, the man allegedly owed more than $32,000 in back child support for his child, who has special needs. It is now estimated that he owes around $55,000. He could face up to five years in prison for each of the two felony charges.

Parents who are entitled to child support should get that support without having to jump through hoops. When courts order that child support payments be made, the mandates are serious. Failure to pay the money may lead to severe consequences, as this case shows.

When unpaid child support becomes an issue, individuals who are owed back support may wish to consider bringing in a family law attorney. While getting the money can be a long and painful process, it is in the best interest of the child to get what is owed.

Source: The Patriot Ledger, "Accused deadbeat dad jailed," Dennis Tatz, Sept. 20, 2011

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