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Child support is owned once ordered in Massachusetts

When a couple divorces in Massachusetts, it is often the case that they have children who are affected. In most cases, one of the parents is ordered to pay child support to the other. This money is intended to help the custodial parent pay for the expenses of raising a child.

Child support is a mandatory payment in Massachusetts and other states. In one recent case that may be of interest to readers, several people were arrested for working to help others avoid this responsibility. The scheme involved lottery winners in a nearby state.

It was a complicated scheme to help those who owed back child support payments avoid the responsibility. Lottery winners who won over $600, which triggered the repayment of back child support owed to the state, were paid a smaller sum by the alleged criminals and thus didn't have to pay what they owed, according to local authorities. The total of the lottery winnings was more than $1 million in missing child support and other taxes owed.

In this case, those that owed child support for the care of their kids and those that tried to help them avoid this responsibility were discovered. Sometimes, it is the case that a person finds that they are owed back child support payments. When this happens, it can be helpful to learn about the laws relating to child support in Massachusetts. This information can be used to help a person decide how best to retrieve that what they are owed for the care and upbringing of their children.

Source: timesunion.com, "Two indicted in lottery discount scheme to circumvent child support, welfare debts", Rick Karlin, June 8, 2017

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