Child support fraud is the act of identifying ways to pay lesser than the approved child support amount or non-payment of the obligation altogether by a co-parent. There are individuals who engage in child support fraud knowingly to save money, while others are not aware of the several important legal provisions that might get them behind the bars if violated. Child support fraud is a criminal offence, and there are a few facts that parents on separation, or those who are already divorced need to know to avoid getting at odds with the law. We cover some such facts in the blog post.
A parent paying child support may be tempted to show lesser earnings to reduce the child support amount. If, for instance, a self-employed parent reports less income (especially if they receive cash payments) to let go off a part of the financial responsibility towards the child. The act of concealing part of the income can constitute child support fraud.
Relocating to Another State
If a parent relocates to another state to escape their responsibility towards child support, it could have legal consequences according to the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act (DPPA) of 1998. There are two circumstances under which the parent may face legal punishment:
- Non-payment of child support for more than one year
- If child support amount is $5,000 or more
Also known as the child identity fraud, paternity fraud occurs when the mother names a man as the biological father of the child, even when she knows or suspects the person isn’t the biological father. If the couple is divorced and the ex-wife is seeking child support from the man that is not biological father of the child by hiding the truth, the action can invite serious legal consequences for her.
The United States Federal government recognizes that non-payment of child support can have a negative impact on a family. It has, therefore, made it a federal crime for a co-parent to willfully ignore child support obligations. There are different forms of child support fraud, and both parents need to be careful to not to break the law. If your spouse is not paying their child support obligations, knowingly dragging you to court on a false child support claim, or fraudulently collecting child support, you need the guidance of a reputable family attorney. Lawyers at 123 Custody Company are well placed to answer all your questions, give you guidance, and legal representation. Fill out our contact form for guidance and free consultation. You can also call us at 214-599-9979.