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Nonpayment of child support punishes children not ex-spouses

Most Massachusetts parents remain involved in the lives of their children, even after divorce. It is, however, unfortunate that some parents feel wronged if they don’t receive child custody, and they may use child support as a weapon of vengeance. They may be so overwhelmed by the need to punish an ex-spouse for what went wrong in their marriage that they fail to realize that they are actually punishing the children and not the other parent.

The parent who has custody of the children commonly has to enroll the kids in daycare or school, in order to be able to work and earn an income to provide for their basic needs. However, if child support is withheld, the salary earned may not be sufficient enough to cover school fees and related expenses. In addition, there may be rent and car installments to pay. This could lead to children having to go to school wearing clothes that don’t fit, and a parent who is unable to provide them with healthy meals.

Nonpayment of child support is regarded as a crime. No child should be the subject of a parent’s scorn toward an ex-spouse. In many cases, the courts have to enforce child support payments. Single parents who are struggling to get child support payments may find comfort in knowing that there are professionals who aim to provide assistance in resolving such issues.

Residents of Massachusetts who are facing the consequences of unpaid child support may want to explore their options related to taking legal action to enforce child support payments. Parents who want to remain a part of their children’s lives after divorce, and continue to provide for their needs, may want to consider the services of mediators. Mediation is often a successful way to reach an agreement that can suit both parents while protecting the interests of the children.

Source: cincinnati.com, "Children pay price of non-support", , Aug. 13, 2014

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