William C. Gentry, Attorney at Law
Call Today for a Free Initial Consultation
770-884-4171 888-365-5983

Marietta’s Pre-Eminent Family Law Firm

Complex Legal Issues Deserve Bold, Intelligent Representation

Call for A Free consultation
Attorney

Court orders no more kids because father can't pay child support

It sounds like something out a dystopian novel, but a judge has recently ordered that a father may not have any more children until he can demonstrate that he can financially afford them. While the child support laws in Georgia are designed to protect single parents and children from poverty, some may see this use of judicial power to be extreme. What do you think? Should judges in Georgia be allowed to order someone not to have children until he or she can provide for them?

This story did not happen in Georgia, but imagine if it did. Georgia is one of few states that allow fathers and mothers who are unable to afford child support to be sent to jail, so it is not too difficult to imagine a judge restricting a man or woman's reproductive rights.

The father in question has had nine children with six different women and now he owes approximately $100,000 in missed child support. The 44-year-old father told local media that he was going to try and comply with the order, even though he believes that judges make their rulings somewhat "hastily."

The judge chose the unusual sentence as a condition of the man's probation, and after the assistant district attorney told the judge that he had some control over the man's reproduction. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

It is unknown whether the father will have the money to pay back the child support he owes, but for at least the next three years he won't be increasing how much he will be paying in child support.

Source: The Associated Press, "Behind in child support, dad barred from having more kids," Dec. 4, 2012

Learn more about child support and our work with Georgia mothers and fathers by visiting our website.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Call Us When You Need Outstanding Legal Representation

Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Attorney
William C. Gentry, Attorney at Law

Office Location

William C. Gentry, Attorney at Law
506 Roswell Street SE, Suite 240
Marietta, GA 30060

Toll Free: 888-365-5983
Phone: 770-884-4171
Fax: 770-422-1347
Marietta Law Office Map