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Can a parent waive child support?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Divorce |

From modifying a child support order to enforcement actions due to a non-custodial parent’s failure to pay what they owe, parents often have many questions related to child support payments. It is important for custodial as well as non-custodial parents to understand the options in front of them and work through these issues carefully. Some parents may wonder if the custodial parent can waive child support, and it is essential to understand that this is not possible in Georgia.

This highlights the importance of paying child support on time, especially since delinquency can result in harsh penalties.

Parents cannot waive child support in Georgia

Although child support laws vary from one state to the next, it is crucial for parents to realize that they cannot waive child support or child support arrears in Georgia. According to the Judicial Council of Georgia, receiving child support is a right belonging to children and kids have the legal right to be financially supported by both parents.

Additionally, a child’s parents cannot waive the ability to seek the modification of a child support order.

Working through child support challenges

Parents facing child support issues should review the options in front of them closely. For example, if a non-custodial parent’s financial circumstances have changed and they struggle to pay child support on time, they might have the option to modify their child support order. Also, some parents can make changes to their spending habits, save money and set up a payment plan in order to stay current on child support.

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