When a noncustodial parent in Massachusetts is ordered to pay child support, the payments are mandatory. In fact, the child support is typically owed each month unless a court intervenes to change the amount owed. When child support is left unpaid, collection efforts may include an imposition of fines and penalties on the noncustodial parent.
This is what may have happened to one man recently. However, before penalties were imposed, he was able to pay the child support that he owed. The man was said to owe as much as $30,000 to the custodial parent of three of his five children.
Of interest to Massachusetts readers is the fact that the man made the child support payment using money that he won in the lottery. He was the sole winner of a recent Powerball jackpot. The winnings were said to total $152 million after taxes, and he elected to be paid in one lump sum payment.
Prior to the lottery winning, a court hearing had been set with the intent of forcing the man to make the child support payments that he owed. The good news for the custodial parent who was owed the money is that the man was able to repay the back payments. In addition, it appears that the children are now living with their father. When a person in our state finds that they are owed child support, they may gain by reviewing the collection process as they seek ways to get the money that is due them to help pay for the cost of raising their kids.
Source: CNN, "Powerball winner pays $30,000 in back child support," Lenny Bourin, April 1, 2013