Ensuring that non-custodial parents pay child support is sometimes a challenge for the justice system, and states have various measures in place to enforce child support payment arrangements. In many states, parents who fail to pay child support can have certain funds garnished and can be sent to prison. According to a report in The New York Times, the threat of prison is believed to be an effective incentive for parents who have the ability to pay but refuse to do so.
Even if a parent is in jail, he or she can still be ordered by a Massachusetts court to pay child support. The process works differently depending on whether there was an existing court order for support at the time the person went to jail.
Massachusetts parents may be interested in some information about the scope of child support and what expenses it covers. The rules for child support that courts follow often go beyond a child's basic needs.
The Massachusetts legislation treats child support orders with utmost importance. If a noncustodial parent fails to make his or her payments, he or she is violating a legal order of the court.
Oftentimes after a divorce, a former spouses may take the opportunity to move out of state. When the marriage involves children, this can cause turmoil in regards to child custody arrangements, especially regarding child support.
Charlie Sheen has successfully received modification of child support after his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, experienced a drug overdose earlier this year. In Massachusetts, an order for support is eligible for a modification review every three years, or when there is a significant change in the needs of the child/children or the noncustodial parent's income. In this case, modification of the child support for Charlie Sheen's twin sons was prompted by Brook Mueller's drug overdose and then perpetuated by her subsequent stay in a psychiatric facility.
When Massachusetts readers encounter a story about child support, the arch of the tale usually follows a predictable course. A mother and father struggle over the amount of child support that must be paid for the care of a shared child or children. A related story is often the failure of a non-custodial parent, which is more often than not the father, to make the payments as scheduled.
Massachusetts celebrity news readers may already be aware that Charlie Sheen has filed papers in court asking that his child support order be modified while his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller is in a drug rehabilitation facility. At present, the couple's twin boys are in the custody of Sheen's other ex-wife, Denise Richards. Sheen doesn't feel that he should have to continue to make his current child support payments to Mueller unless and until the situation is resolved.
Child support awards are often viewed by the custodial parent as being for too little while, at the same time, child support awards are often viewed by the noncustodial parent as being for too much. Sometimes, though, both parents are in agreement on the amount of child support until something happens that is life-changing for one of the parents. Then, as seen in a recent case, the time that it takes for a court to modify child support ends up negatively impacting both parents and, more importantly, the child. For those in Massachusetts who have been affected by the recent economic downturn, the following story may sound all too familiar.