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Massachusetts child support payments are mandatory

Massachusetts agencies tasked with finding those that have failed to pay their child support use many tools. These include searches of employment records and other official documents. Recently, Facebook profiles have been used to gain information about noncustodial parents who owe child support.

The information gleaned from a review of profile from Facebook or another social media site can help custodial parents of children learn if their counterpart has income or money that they have failed to disclose. This is apparently what happened to one man recently after he posted a picture of himself on the popular website. The photo showed him with cash spread around his head.

The man owed the custodial parent of his young child back child support payments at the time of the photo. He had apparently reported that he could not afford to pay. Now he is the subject of a warrant for his arrest because he was the subject of a child support order that he is accused of having failed to pay.

As many of our Massachusetts readers know, the payment of child support is mandatory. If a person fails to pay the amount owed, they can be subject to fines and other penalties, including jail time in some cases. If a person who is the custodial parent of a child in our state finds that they are owed child support money, they may wish to review the applicable laws and determine if they can use methods such as the on es used here to gain the payments that they are owed.

Source: ABC News, "Facebook Money Pics Bust Dad for Allegedly Dodging Child Support," Alexa Valiente, March 22, 2013

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