Deadbeat parents in Massachusetts left a trail of hardship for custodial parents.
Less than half of custodial parents, 43.5 percent received the full amount of child support due that year, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau data.
Meanwhile, three in 10 custodial parents received no payment at all in 2015 – the highest amount since at least 1993.
According to the survey, deadbeats are on the rise.
The data suggest mothers carried the burden with the poverty rate of custodial mothers significantly higher than those of fathers with custody, 29.2 percent versus 16.7 percent.
Of the 1.6 million custodial parents with incomes below the poverty line, just 39.2 percent received full payments.
While the aggregate amount of child support due in 2015 totaled a staggering $33.7 billion, it was $14 billion lower than in 2003.
Child support is money one parent pays to the other for the support of their children. It is intended to pay for the child’s basic needs including shelter, food, clothes, and insured health expenses (does not include uninsured medical expenses).
Massachusetts law requires that both parents support their children even if they were unmarried. The parent who has the child living with them most of the time is the custodial parent and that party normally does not have to make support payments to the other. Child support obligations are usually assigned to the non-custodial parent even if there is extensive parenting time assigned to them.
The Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has many options at their disposal to utilize should they find a parent in contempt of not providing child support:
- Withholding tax refunds;
- Garnishing wages and self-employment earnings;
- Jail time;
- Suspending occupational or business licenses;
- Driver’s license revocation; and
- Cancelling a passport or refuse to issue a new one.
Whether seeking a modification or enforcement of a child support order, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar either through email or telephone 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation consultation to learn of your rights.