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Massachusetts child support enforcement: Criminal charges

A father in another state is in pretty hot water for his alleged failure to pay child support payments. This particular individual is now facing criminal charges which could result in prison time and hefty fines if he is convicted. As is true in Massachusetts, filing criminal charges is an enforcement option that may be utilized in the father's state. In the end, a non-custodial parent could find him or herself hurting personally and professionally.

When it comes to this particular case, the father of two is said to owe over $90,000 in child support and is facing a felony count of non-payment. He is also a business owner, and according to his residing state's laws, businesses are required to report income to child support services -- a condition with which he reportedly failed to comply. As a result, this individual is also charged with aiding in the non-payment of child support, which is also a felony offense. If this father is convicted, he faces imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of $50,000, while his business may also be fined up to $1 million.

It has not been reported why this individual has apparently fallen so far behind on his support payments. Circumstances can change over time which can make keeping up with such a huge financial obligation difficult. Parents who find themselves struggling to meet their support obligations do have options available to them so that enforcement options -- such as criminal charges -- may be avoided. For example, it may be possible to seek a modification in support amount if the current amount is too overwhelming.

The state of Massachusetts does not take falling behind on child support payments lightly and has a number of severe enforcement options that may be utilized in the effort to collect. Unfortunately, things do happen in life that can make it a struggle for non-custodial parents to keep up with their payments. With legal assistance, it may be possible for these parents to work out child support terms that meet their children's needs but also work within their current budgets.

Source:, "Flooring business owner charged with felony failure to pay child support", Paula Dobbyn, June 2, 2016

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