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Dealing with a parent who refuses to pay child support

As a parent, various issues may concern you on a regular basis, such as your child's performance in school or picking him or her up from a sports game. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, our Massachusetts law firm is very familiar with the other hardships that parents may encounter in Boston and throughout the state. For example, you may be going through a tough time financially because your former marital partner simply refuses to pay their child support.

Am I required to pay taxes on child support payments?

When couples decide that divorce is necessary, a number of questions may arise. From spousal support to the custody of children and child support, divorce can change lives in various ways. Moreover, people in Boston and throughout Massachusetts may not realize that separating from their spouse can affect them in other respects, such as having an impact on their income tax return. During tax season, it is especially important for you to understand any tax obligations you may have following a recent divorce.

Officials take man into custody over unpaid child support

From losing passport privileges to stiff fines, this blog has covered many of the consequences that can come with missing child support payments for an extended period of time. However, non-custodial parents who have fallen behind may also be taken into custody in Boston, and cities around Massachusetts. For some parents, realizing the consequences of failing to pay child support is enough to ensure they stay current. However, some parents truly cannot pay their child support, such as those who lost a job or are struggling with a health crisis.

Can unpaid child support affect my passport?

If you are unable to make your child support payments on time, you could be affected in many ways. For example, you may have your wages garnished or you could even spend time behind bars. In Boston, Massachusetts, and across the U.S., those who fall behind on child support may experience even more troubles, such as being unable to leave the country. As a result, it is crucial for you to understand the consequences of back child support and do what you can to stay current.

How is child support calculated?

If you are getting ready to divorce or have already begun the process, a number of legal questions may lie in front of you. For example, you may be wondering how much time you will be able to spend with your child or whether you will be required to pay alimony. However, child support is an especially important issue to prepare for, whether you expect to receive payments or will be obligated to pay. If you live in Boston, it is essential to understand how child support is calculated in Massachusetts.

2 men face charges over back child support

When non-custodial parents cannot pay the child support they owe, life may be challenging in many ways. Aside from sleep loss and significant anxiety, some people in this position may be dealing with financial hardships and depression. Moreover, they may be taken into custody and face steep fines due to falling behind on their child support obligations. In Boston, and cities all over Massachusetts, some who are unable to pay child support may be able to find some relief by modifying their child support order.

Modifying a child support order in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, parents choose to modify their child support orders for a variety of reasons. For example, a non-custodial parent may wish to modify his or her child support order to reduce the amount they owe because their work hours were cut and they are earning a considerably smaller income. On the other hand, a custodial parent may wish to receive more child support because their child's other parent started earning substantially more. In Boston, and across the state, it is essential for parents to understand their rights and approach child support modification properly.

Deployment and child support matters

At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, we know that deployment often affects families in a variety of ways. For example, children may not be able to spend time with their parents, which can make daily life even more challenging for military members. Furthermore, deployment can also result in legal issues concerning child support. If you are in the military, or the other parent of your child serves in the armed forces, deployment may have a significant impact on the child support you are required to pay or able to receive whether you live in Boston, Massachusetts, or anywhere else in the nation.

Do I have to pay interest on back child support?

If you are required to make child support payments, you may find yourself unable to fulfill your obligations for any number of reasons. For example, you may have suffered an unexpected medical problem or recently lost your job. In Boston, Massachusetts, the consequences associated with missing child support payments can be very damaging. While some people focus on very serious matters, such as being taken into custody, unpaid child support can also result in interest and other types of financial penalties.

Unpaid child support and tax refunds

Whether a parent is arrested or loses sleep at night because of significant anxiety, back child support can create all sorts of hardships for non-custodial parents and custodial parents alike. However, parents who have found themselves unable to make child support payments may also have their tax refunds intercepted in Boston, and cities across Massachusetts. According to the Internal Revenue Service, those who are behind on child support could have their federal tax refund intercepted by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service.

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