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Court order of child support brings rapist into mother's life

It is undeniable that it is difficult for single mothers and fathers in Atlanta to raise children without the financial support of the children's other parents. This is the primary reason behind child support; Georgia family courts want to ensure that single parents have enough money to properly provide for their children, so they award child support. Child support, however, does mean that the noncustodial parent has some rights to his or her child. In some situations, this provides for considerable problems for a mother or father.

Though this happened outside of Georgia, it is possible that the same kind of situation could happen to an Atlanta parent. After a then-14-year-old girl was raped by a then-20-year-old man, she discovered she was pregnant and gave birth to a little girl. When her mother discovered who the father was, she and her daughter decided to press charges, to which he pled guilty in 2011. Instead of a prison sentenced or the four counts of statutory rape, the judge ordered the man to comply with any rulings set forth by a family court or probate judge.

In an effort to give the young mother some assistance, the probate court ordered the rapist to pay child support, but this has given him paternal rights over his now-3-year-old daughter. Now, he is asking for visitation rights from the woman he previously raped.

This situation shows the complexity and difficulty that surrounds family law. To try and tackle these issues without the assistance of an experienced attorney could lead to disastrous results, such as having to organize visitation or shared custody with a parent's rapist.

Source: FOX 25, "Rapist wants visitation rights; teen mom fighting back," Mike Beaudet, Sept. 24, 2012

Learn about Georgia's laws regarding child support by visiting our website.

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