Child Support Application Fraud
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What Is Child Support Application Fraud?
Child support application fraud involves the providing of false information in relation to child custody proceedings. For instance, this may involve either party in a child support situation. For instance, the recipient parent may falsify their application to make it look like they have a lower income. As a result, the paying party may be required to pay more than they actually should be paying.
Or, the paying parent may falsify information regarding past payments, or their own income. In any event, child support application fraud is a serious concern because it affects the child’s interests more in negative ways.
What Are Some Examples of Fraud in a Child Support Claim?
Some examples of fraud in a child support claim include:
- Falsifying one’s income
- Claiming more expenses than are needed
- Using the child support for unauthorized purposes
- Stating amounts for payments that are too high or too low
- Fraudulent statements regarding employers, employment, and other work-related inquiries (for instance, concealing a job or a second job)
Of course, one of the main issues in a child support claim is non-payment of child support. Any type of action that seeks to conceal non-payment issues can result in legal consequences. Unpaid child support can affect other areas of the person’s life, such as certain rights that do not appear to be related to child support at first glance.
What Are the Penalties for Fraud?
Generally speaking, falsifying documents is illegal and can result in legal consequences. In a child support setting, the consequences may include a contempt order or other similar results. In some cases, criminal consequences can result, such as a fine or possible jail time. This depends on the nature of the fraud, and other factors such as a history of repeat offenses.
Do I Need an Attorney to Help with Avoiding Child Support Fraud?
Providing fraudulent information on a child support application is a serious offense. You may need to hire a lawyer if you believe that a child support claim has been affected by fraud. Your attorney can provide you with legal representation and advice for the situation. If you need to make an appearance in court, your lawyer can represent you and advise you on how to proceed.
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Last Modified: 05-13-2014 02:54 PM PDT
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