Child support payments are designed to safeguard the financial future of children after their parents divorce. Since 2007, child support payments in Georgia have been calculated based on a number of new factors, including each parent's time with the child and the income of both parents. While a judge ultimately makes the child support decision, these factors significant part in determining the amount of child support payments.
There are a lot of financial things that need to be sorted out when it comes to filing for divorce. Aside from dividing assets, couples with children also have to determine who will pay child support as well. This can get difficult though if a spouse doesn’t have a job at the time of a divorce or loses their job unexpectedly after support payments have already been established. And with financial stability always in the back of many divorcing couples’ minds, it’s worth asking if a change in a job situation can change child support payments down the road.
Many Marietta parents who get behind on paying child support obligations may find that the amount owed quickly adds up, looking like an insurmountable debt. In one instance, a father's overdue support obligation to his five children reached a total of approximately $80,000. Not surprisingly, paying all of it at once and making his current payment was not a realistic prospect.
Atlanta native and former NFL star Jamal Lewis was arrested earlier this month for child abandonment, but he says that he has always cared for his children. He released a statement that disputes his arrest and says that the whole situation is a misunderstanding. Clayton County officials are saying that Lewis was arrested for failing to pay his child support.
Marietta parents want to provide for their children and often spend more than they should to ensure their children are well-cared for. When parents divorce, however, one parent is forced to pay child support. While most parents don't object to paying child support, it is sometimes difficult to afford the court-ordered payment and many parents need to reduce their child support payments. If the court refuses to modify the support order or the parent hasn't filed a request to modify, a Georgia court could find the parent in civil contempt and jail him or her.
You've just left a family law court in Georgia after becoming a new divorcé(é) and you are ready to start a new life with your children. You have your divorce decree in one hand and the court order that explains how much your ex will be paying in child support each month; unfortunately, collecting child support is rarely easy. You may find yourself receiving late payments, less money than the amount your former spouse owes you or with no payments at all, but there are solutions available to single-parents in Georgia to collect all the child support owed to you.
Many single-parents in Georgia know how difficult it can be to get an ex to pay child support. He or she may not have the money; may not want to have anything to do for the child, including supporting the child; or he or she may not have sufficient money to make the full child support payment. When it seems almost impossible to get the money, some parents must turn to more extreme methods of collecting support. When popular 90s singer Stevie B failed to keep up with his child support payments, the mother of his two teenage daughters had him arrested after he performed at a concert.
For some single parents, it can be extremely difficult to collect court-ordered child support payments. Noncustodial parents may have a variety of excuses as to why they can't pay, but it is usually a claim that they don't have enough money to make the payments. When noncustodial parents are in child support arrears, courts have a variety of options available to get parents to pay, including finding the noncustodial parent in contempt of court and sending him or her to jail.
There are possibly millions of children and custodial parents in Georgia who rely on child support payments to cover things like food, insurance or school costs. What happens, however, when a non-custodial parent can't afford his or her child support payments? The first thing a parent should do is to contact an attorney and seek a modification of child support. Modifications allow for changes in circumstances that affect your ability to pay, such as the loss of a job.
Divorce agreements are not written in stone. Courts understand that these agreements may need to be adjusted from time to time to accommodate life changes of the parties involved. If one person's circumstances or a child's needs have changed, it may be time to seek a modification to a child custody or support order.