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Child support enforcement in Georgia

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2021 | Divorce |

If you owe child support, it is important to understand the possible challenges that could arise if you become delinquent. Whether you lose your job, suffer a health crisis or have another unexpected hardship, it is vital to prepare for unexpected hurdles and ensure that you stay current.

Falling behind on child support can interfere with multiple aspects of your life. If you cannot pay what you owe, consider different ways to get caught up, such as potentially modifying your child support order due to a significant change in your financial circumstances.

How does Georgia enforce child support?

According to the Department of Human Services, Georgia carries out child support enforcement when a parent fails to pay the support they owe. If a parent falls behind, they could have support withheld from their unemployment benefits or deducted from their income. The state also suspends driver’s licenses and places liens on property when parents become delinquent.

Some of those who fall behind on child support also have their tax refunds and lottery winnings intercepted. Moreover, parents find themselves held in contempt of court, in some instances.

How can you address back child support?

If you have already fallen behind on child support, it is pivotal to explore all of your options. Try to keep a positive attitude and stay focused on strategies to address your situation. Setting up a payment plan could help you deal with this overwhelming situation and you could have the ability to modify your child support order in order to make monthly payments more compatible with your financial circumstances.

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