Child support payments are important in order for custodial parents in Georgia to provide their children with basic necessities. When a non-custodial parent fails to make child support payments they could face serious consequences.

A district attorney in a neighboring state has taken a unique approach to dealing with the process of resolving delinquent child support payments by offering people a two-week grace period. Citing the best interests of the child, the district attorney claimed the program, which is in its fifth year, addresses the child's financial concerns while avoiding jail time for the non-custodial parent. However, after the two-week grace period is up, parents who have not paid up could be arrested.

Most non-custodial parents in Georgia, however, will not have the option to wait for their local district attorney to offer a grace period. For parents who have lost their job or face some other financial setback during these difficult economic times, Georgia law permits them to ask the court to modify their child support on the basis of changed circumstances.

If someone fails to ask for a modification and remains in arrears they could face harsh penalties. In addition to time behind bars, a district attorney can choose to withhold federal tax refunds from an individual. A person's wages may be garnished or their property may be seized. They could also have occupational and business licenses suspended and their driver's license revoked.

Whether you are a custodial parent waiting for child support payments or a non-custodial parent in a difficult financial situation, it may be best to work with an experienced family law attorney who can help sort through the matter.

Source: The Enterprise Ledger, "District Attorney schedules child support roundup," Jeremy Wise, March 27, 2012