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Court orders man to pay more than $65,000 in child support

For Massachussetts couples going through a divorce, one of the most emotional issues they may face is the determination of child support. In some family law cases, after a couple has come to an agreement on child support, circumstances may drastically change, making it difficult or impossible for a parent to make their monthly child support obligation. In these times, a parent may decide to seek a modification rather than face serious penalties, such as those imposed in a recent case in which a man faces prison time if he fails to pay back child support.

The Attleboro, Mass. District Court has ordered a man to pay over $65,000 in delinquent child support payments. The court also sentenced the man to serve five months of a 17-month sentence in jail, which the man has reportedly already served. The man has pleaded guilty to charges of failing to provide support for his two children, who were residing in Norton. Police say the man left the country, but was later arrested in Illinois. According to reports, the man also owes more than $150,000 in child support payments for two children that reside in another county. A judge warned the man that if he failed to obey his probation terms, the man would face more jail time.

Rather than being penalized and face possible jail or prison time like the man in the above case, parents unable to make their child support payments may seek a modification. In child support cases in which circumstances have drastically changed, such as job loss or a medical emergency, a parent should speak to the other parent about agreeing to a modification of the payments. If the parent is unable to reach an agreement with the other parent, the parent may seek a modification order from the court.

Sometimes, circumstances change that are out of the control of a parent who must make monthly child support payments. When making payments becomes unfeasible, it is in the best interests of the child that the parent act quickly in seeking a modification.

Source: The Sun Chronicle, "Man ordered to pay nearly $70,000 in back child support," David Linton, Feb. 13, 2013

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