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Failing to pay child support in Massachusetts can lead to arrest

Child support is a mandatory obligation for many non-custodial parents in Massachusetts. In fact, child support is commonly ordered in cases where a couple has kids and is ending their marriage through divorce. In such matters, the payments ordered must be made each month to the custodial parent for the benefit of a child. When not made, a non-custodial parent can find that they face penalties.

Now, Massachusetts readers may be interested to learn about a man who owed back child support payments to the custodial parent of his child and the effort to collect the arrears. In this case, the man at the center of the child support discussion left a casino in his home state after winning $10,000. He probably thought that things were going really well and that he had gotten lucky.

However, his joy over winning was likely short lived. Not long after leaving the casino, a report says that the man was stopped in a traffic stop. When police discovered that an arrest warrant had been issued for the man due to his failure to pay child support, they took him into custody. At the time of his arrest, the man had $13,000 in cash on his person. The report notes that the man owed $6,000 in back support.

The story behind this case is a unique one. However, as many non-custodial parents in Massachusetts know, the result of the man facing arrest is more common. Failing to pay child support can end not only in arrest but also in penalties and fines. If a person finds that they are owed child support, efforts at collection can include seeking assistance from those tasked with such activities.

Source:, "Deputies: Man behind on child support wins cash, arrested," Feb. 7, 2013

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