Many parents do everything they can for their children. Even after a divorce, they are present emotionally and financially for their children, although sometimes events occur that prevent a parent from making child support payments -- events beyond the parent's control. However, this doesn't lessen the child's need for financial support. If a parent fails to make payments, there are actions available to compensate. A Framingham man was recently arrested for his failure to make payments for his daughter.
There are few people who have gone through a divorce and said it was a blissful process. Many times, it is a contentious battle filled with strong emotions. For those without children who seek divorce, a relatively clean break can be made; however, those with children are forever attached to one another through their children even after the final divorce decree has been announced. When issues of child support are on the table, proceedings can become and remain bitter. Parents in Massachusetts can learn this lesson by following the story of Jermaine Jackson, a famous member of the Jackson 5.
Unpaid child support is a significant problem in Massachusetts today. Women all over the state are trying desperately to make ends meet on their incomes alone because the father of their child or children is not paying his court-ordered child support payments. Unfortunately, many of those who are not receiving regular child support payments have a very difficult time in providing for their families.
Celebrity divorces can often be just as contentious, if not more so, than a divorce between an average Massachusetts couple. This appears to be the case in the heated divorce process unfolding between NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar. The testimony in their ongoing divorce case has been particularly unflattering as they both accuse each other of various improprieties.
Children in single parent households often depend upon income from a non-custodial parent in order to have their needs met. Child support payments are intended to meet these needs, which is why courts assign parents to make the payments. When parents are unable to do this, there can be severe consequences for that parent. One father in Massachusetts recently discovered this.
Massachusetts residents paying child support should be aware that false claims of missed payments sometimes can have debilitating effects. One man paying child support for his 6-year-old son lost his ability to work for several months when his ex-wife made claims that were ultimately determined to be false. She claimed that he owed more than $2,500 in child support, which is when the government intervened. Although the man proved that he had made the payments, prosecutors engaged in a legal battle that lasted several months and included freezing his passport. He was unable to travel for several months, which is necessary for his work as an international businessman.
Massachusetts may benefit from an idea that other states are starting to use. The idea: If low-income parents have lower required child support payments, children might actually receive more financial benefit from child support. It may seem like an unconventional approach, but the logic behind the idea is simple.
Child support matters can certainly be among some of the most contentious issues in a Massachusetts divorce. Failure to keep up with child support payments can result in harsh penalties, including jail time in the most serious of cases. Recently, federal prosecutors announced that they had apprehended the person that they considered to be their biggest priority as far as unpaid child support goes.
Massachusetts state senator from the Middlesex and Essex Senate District, Hon. Katherine Clark, recently outlined some ideas and proposals for changes in family law in Massachusetts. The senator noted the importance of grandparents in the family unit and their increased role in raising children. Sen. Clark specifically addressed the challenges and obstacles grandparents often face in their attempt to help their grandchildren and her suggestions to effect change in this area.
According to some workers in Massachusetts probate courts, family life seems to be becoming more complex, chaotic and, in many cases, dysfunctional. As a result of these societal changes, the job of settling divorce and child support disputes between separating parties has become more and more difficult. Probation officers and child protective authorities who are often in the front lines of these disputes have the often thankless task of managing the conflict and officiating in the negotiations. They typically do this in the attempt to ensure a favorable outcome for all involved, especially the children.