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Massachusetts may take interest in Capone child support case

Massachusetts readers may recognize the name of a famous rapper who has recently been arrested for failing to pay his court-ordered child support payments. In fact, the star has allegedly failed to pay child support since 2004. He reportedly has only paid $144 in child support in the last eight years, leaving a balance owed in back support of more than $160,000 for his 12-year-old daughter.

The rapper at the center of this child support evasion case is better known as Capone, though his given name is Kiam Holley. It is unclear if the singer and his daughter have a relationship, though he states that even though the paperwork looks bad, he does take care of his daughter. The nature of the custody arrangement was not discussed in recent reports, and so far, the mother has not released statements.

According to reports, the rapper is expected to pay child support payments ordered by the court of $1,500 per month for his daughter until she turns 21. In response to his failure to pay in the past, a state court ordered that the rapper be taken into custody, though he was later released pending further hearings. He has been restricted to traveling between three states only, pending further details.

Like many Massachusetts residents who fail to pay their court-ordered child support, Capone faces possible penalties by the court. If the mother of his child is able to show that she has not received funds from him, Capone could be forced to face jail time, wage garnishments and other penalties. These penalties could seem harsh for those who have failed to make child support payments if their economic situation has declined due to extenuating circumstances.

For a Massachusetts party seeking payment, the loss of child support funds for a period of years can create a financial hardship that affects the well-being of their children. When it comes to child support, it is often best to have the right parties involved to help negotiate a settlement and a continued plan that will work for both parents.

Source: New York Post, "Rapper Capone busted on charges of failing to pay child support," Mitchel Maddux, Sept. 6, 2012

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