Since child support fraud is a serious matter that may result in jailtime. Knowing all the facts about child support and the definition of child support fraud can keep you out of serious trouble.
If you need to pay child support, you may be tempted to under-report your earnings in order to reduce your child support payments. For instance, if you’re self-employed, you may feel that it’s OK to report less income, particularly if you receive cash payments for your services. However, the act of concealing part of your income still constitutes child support fraud.
According to the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act (DDPA) of 1998, if you were to move to a different state in order to evade a child support obligation, you may suffer legal consequences under the following circumstances:
- You do not pay child support for one year or longer.
- Your obligation is $5,000 or greater.
Paternity fraud is another form of child support fraud. This version of child support fraud involves a mother who falsely identifies a man as her child’s father even though she knows that he’s not the biological father.
It’s obvious that child support fraud takes on different forms. Fortunately, you can take measures to prevent child support fraud. If you’re ordered to pay child support, do not conceal or under-report your income. In addition, do not move out-of-state simply to avoid paying child support. Finally, if a women claims that you’re her child’s father, request a paternity test so you don’t become a victim of child support fraud.