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Failure to pay child support results in arrest

Individuals in Massachusetts know that divorce is difficult for the entire family, especially children. Family members and friends may feel like they need to choose sides, and children are too often caught in the middle. When custody is determined, it is important for each individual to honor any agreements concerning visitation or child support.

Paying child support allows parents to help provide financial stability for their children. Children that are old enough to understand may also benefit emotionally from knowing that their parent makes an effort to make the payments on time. However, failure to make the agreed upon payments can cause a wide variety of problems for not only the individual receiving the payments but the person paying them as well.

One woman has recently been arrested for failing to make child support payments. She has neglected to pay child support for so long, nine years, that she is being charged with a felony. If she is convicted, she may not only be forced to pay restitution and a fine, but she may also have to serve a prison sentence.

Difficulty or failure to make child support payments puts stress on the whole family. It puts a financial strain on the primary care giver, emotional strain on the children, and in some cases, it can put a financial strain on the individual making the payments. Massachusetts families that are struggling with child support could benefit from consulting a professional. It may be possible to renegotiate payments and develop a plan that most benefits the children, or an attorney may also be able to help families that are owed child support.

Source: usnews.com, "Mississippi Woman Arrested for Failing to Pay Child Support", Aug. 31, 2017

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