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The long battle for child support

In Massachusetts, as well as many other states, divorce is not an uncommon practice amongst couples with children. However, divorces involving children can often become more complicated and stressful for not only the parents but for the children as well. Some families struggle to collect child support payments from former spouses, and the court battles that follow can be drawn out over several months or even years. It may come as a shock to many that some courts put a deadline on certain types of cases, including child support cases. 

A group of eight mothers has filed a lawsuit against judges in their state's family court system for claiming that delays in their system are the reason why they are unable to collect child support payments. The courts in question have a 60 to 90-day time frame in which to handle these cases. However, these women allege that the courts have violated this time frame repeatedly, which results in parents being unable to collect support payments and, therefore, unable to provide for their children. 

These mothers are seeking compensation for their legal fees, but they are also hoping to change the system. In addition, the mothers also hope that this lawsuit will force the court system to abide by the deadlines it has put forth. They hope that, eventually, custodial parents will be able to work more effectively within the system.

Child support issues can be complicated. Parents in Massachusetts who have gone through a divorce and are struggling to collect child support payments or who are trying to work out a payment schedule could benefit from consulting with an attorney. A lawyer may also be able to assist parents who are struggling to make child support payments by adjusting the payment amounts or the payment schedule.

Source: New York Post, "Moms sue top city judges over child support payout delays", Julia Marsh, Dec. 7,2017

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