When children are involved in a divorce in Georgia, there are many issues that will surround them. Child support is one of these issues. Child support is also one of the issues that do not necessarily go away even after a divorce is finalized.
Divorcing couples in Georgia may be interested in what happened in the following two high-stakes divorce proceedings. In the first, a woman did not disclose to the family court that she had won $1.3 million in the state lottery only 11 days before she filed for divorce.
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.
In May, we wrote that Charlie Sheen's divorce from Brooke Mueller had been finalized. Although they were only married for about three years, the couple had a very complicated divorce. The issues of child support, child custody and marital property division needed to be resolved.
The law in Georgia and across the United States has long been settled on the issue of the right to an attorney when a defendant's liberty is at stake because of criminal charges. However, there are other legal situations that can jeopardize a person's liberty. One common situation involves child support contempt and enforcement hearings.