Divorce and child support often go hand in hand in Georgia and elsewhere throughout the country. In a recent case, six men who spent time in jail for neglecting their child support payments are taking the state of Georgia to court. The lawsuit was filed on March 22 and claims that none of the men had access to a qualified attorney. It is further claimed that no legal professional was available to explain to the judge child support payments could not be made due to the incarceration or for other reasons.
According to a study released by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2009, only about 47 percent of those who were owed child support in 2007 actually received payments. About 30 percent received only a portion of what was due. And unfortunately 24 percent do not receive anything at all.
The amount of child support arrears owed by some parents can be staggering. Even with support modifications, paying is often difficult for those who have lost jobs or are in jail for nonpayment. Even so, custodial parents need reasonable support payments to help pay for medical bills, child care costs and other daily living expenses.
Whether a person is a custodial parent seeking or owed support, or one is a noncustodial parent that is the subject of a support petition or whose financial circumstances merit a modification of an existing order, child support is an issue to be handled responsibly. Many people are confused at what they see as a maze of laws and procedures that they do not entirely understand. Georgia attorney's intent on helping people solve their child support related issues may answer important questions and help devise a course of action to obtain an equitable resolution of all outstanding issues.
Source: The International Business Times, "Not Paying Child Support Means Jail Time for Some, Even When They Can't Pay," Sept. 12, 2011