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Massachusetts learns of child support owed by father of 25

Any time that a Massachusetts court issues a child support order, it becomes mandatory for the person who is ordered to make such support payments. The non-custodial parent is responsible for making those payments to the custodial parent of the child. The child support money is intended to be used for basic needs such as food, clothing and housing of the child involved.

In one recent case that may be of interest to readers in Massachusetts, a man who is said to have fathered 25 children was called to court to address his failure to pay at least some of his court-ordered child support. In fact, the man is said to owe two of the mothers of his children $27,000 and $36,000, respectively. It is unclear if he owes additional child support money to the other 13 mothers.

At question in this matter is whether the man has reported all of his income to the court. The reported income is used to calculate the amount that is owed each month in child support payments. When the entire amount is not correctly reported, the child support payments that are ordered by the court may be lower than they should be.

As is the case in Massachusetts, the father involved in this case was required to disclose all of his income from any source for the child support calculations. However, in some cases it is later discovered that a parent may have worked in jobs where certain income goes unreported to officials, as was asserted recently to the court in this particular situation. Whenever it becomes clear that such assertions are true, non-custodial parents may find that they are subject to penalties. When a person in our state finds that they are in a similar situation as the mothers in this case, they may wish to seek information regarding the collection of back child support payments.

Source:, "Man with 25 kids owes thousands of dollars in child support," Joe Borlik, Nov. 9, 2012

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