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Man attempts to forge wife's signature to lower child support

It is common for emotions to run high during a divorce, especially if there are a significant number of assets or if there are children involved. Many parents try to work together as much as possible when children are involved so that their children are properly cared for and they might continue to have a relationship with both parents. However, some Massachusetts residents might be shocked to learn the lengths that some parents are willing to go to in order to lower their child support payments or alter their visitation or custody agreements. 

Recently, a man pleaded guilty to attempting to forge his now ex-wife's signature on their divorce papers in 2015 after altering them to give himself more visitation rights as well as decrease the amount of child support he was required to pay. The original agreement allowed the man to spend a month with his son during the summer and required him to pay $1,000 in child support each month. However, the forged documents allowed him several extra weeks with his son during the summer and only required that he pay $700 each month in child support. 

Rather than accept the arrangement, the child's mother contested it and alleged perjury charges against her husband. Handwriting samples from both her and her husband were submitted, as well as a screenshot from her husband's social media page showing that he had supposedly remarried before their divorce was final. Eventually, the divorce on file was reversed and a new divorce and custody agreement was filed with the wife's legitimate signature. The new arrangement required that the man pay $1,300 per month in support payments and eliminated his visitation rights entirely. 

While this is an unusual case, some may be able to relate to this situation if they feel that they have been pressured into an agreement that they do not agree with. Massachusetts residents who are going through a divorce or who are struggling to collect or make child support payments may wish to contact an attorney in their area. Attorneys may be able to help their clients to create an agreement or alter an existing one that best benefits the parents and children involved. 

Source: king5.com, "Port Orchard man forges wife's name on divorce papers", Andrew Binion, Kitsap Sun, April 2, 2018

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