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Massachusetts child support a separate issue from visitation

Parents in Massachusetts likely want to work hard to make sure that all decisions made during divorce are made in the best interests of their children. Among these determinations are child support and child custody arrangements. After the divorce, if there are issues in the living arrangements of a child or the payment of support, it can leave the custodial parent in a quandary about how to rectify the situation and stay on track.

Low-income parents face child support issues

Paying child support can be difficult for some fathers in Massachusetts. With the average child support award approaching up to 35 percent of a person's income, those who make a small amount each month can find it hard to pay for other expenses such as the cost of rent or heat. In addition, in some cases, the non-custodial paying father has another family that he is trying to support as well.

Foreign child support can be challenging to collect

There has been an increase in the number of parents who have been ordered to pay child support that live outside of the country. Whether due to the globalization of the economy or other reasons, the reality is that it can be difficult for states like Massachusetts to collect child support from these foreign living parents. In fact, according to some reports, it can take as many as five years or more for a foreign support obligation to be fulfilled, even when the U.S. has an agreement in place with the country in which the individual resides.

Football star ordered to make child support payments

As many who have gone through a divorce in Massachusetts know, child support is ordered in most cases of divorce where there are minor children involved. An order for child support can require that payments be made for many years. Child support, in combination with child custody agreements, can be some the most contentious aspects of a divorce.

Dennis Rodman faces jail time for unpaid child support

Child support is often part of any divorce or child custody case that involves minor children. Child support is typically paid to a custodial parent by the noncustodial parent to assist with living expenses for the child. It is ordered to be paid on a monthly basis in many cases, and there are severe consequences in Massachusetts and elsewhere for someone who willfully fails to honor his or her court-ordered obligation to pay.

Child support owed for twins conceived after separation, court says

In a Massachusetts divorce, child custody and support can be among the most contentious issues. Parents often argue over who will be the primary caregiver of a child and who will be responsible for the payment of child support. One recent case confronting these issues concerned children who were conceived through in vitro fertilization after the spouses were separated.

Stevie B disputes unpaid child support claims

Some Massachusetts residents might be surprised to learn that pop singer Stevie B is accused of owing more than $400,000 in back child support. The singer was recently arrested and spent several days in jail. He denies the claim that he owes that much in unpaid child support.

Unpaid child support lands Massachusetts man behind bars

Like many other states, Massachusetts is getting serious when it comes to collecting child support payments. In a recent case, a Quincy District Court judge ordered a 47-year-old man held on $20,000 cash bail. The man was charged with a variety of offenses, including abandonment of a child without support and failure to comply with a support order. According to officials, the man has had some issues with non-payment of child support in the past.

Massachusetts man on 'Top 10 Deadbeat Dads' list arrested

A 47-year-old man identified on the Massachusetts Department of Revenue's (MDR) 'Top 10 Deadbeat Dads' list has been arrested for allegedly not paying child support for six years. He was found in Las Vegas and taken to Massachusetts on one count of abandonment of a child without support and one count of failure to comply with a support order.

Massachusetts man arrested for child support nonpayment

Most people already know that raising a child is an expensive endeavor. In today's economy, it's difficult enough to support a child with both parents working -- but when a parent is left to support a child on his or her own, the stress can be overwhelming. For this reason, courts have enlisted child support orders. The goal of an order is to ensure that children receive the monetary support they deserve. Unfortunately, those payments aren't always made in a timely manner, which can lead to legal ramifications. A former Massachusetts man is learning about those ramifications after he was arrested in Las Vegas and was cited for failing to pay child support.

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