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Child support enforcement doesn't have to be adversarial

It is no secret that divorce can be hard on children. When child support payments are involved, this can contribute to the difficult situation. If the non-custodial parent is behind in child support payments, this can cause an even more contentious relationship between the parents, and that, in turn, can have a negative impact on the non-custodial parent's relationship with one's children. Child support enforcement may be necessary, but it does not need to be adversarial.

Determining fair child support

People entering into marriage in Georgia do not necessarily anticipate getting a divorce. The reality is that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. In many cases, there are young children involved. A central concern in negotiations can be the amount of child support a court may mandate if the parents cannot come to an agreement on their own. Knowing how a court determines a support amount and how much may be fair are useful pieces of information.

Georgia awards program that eases child support hardship

When a divorce involves minor children in Georgia, there are many factors to be considered. Not least among these is a child support agreement. Regardless of how parents feel about each other, they typically share a concern for the well-being of their children.

Failure to pay child support: detrimental to one's well-being

Children are expensive. A person would have a difficult time finding someone in Georgia to disagree with that statement. Parents who are together and working may struggle to provide care, but this task becomes exceptionally more difficult if the parents divorce. During a divorce settlement, the court may mandate a child support agreement that requires the non-custodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. While the agreement mandates the payment, that does not guarantee that the payment will be made.

What is child support intended to cover?

One of the most contentious parts of a divorce in Georgia frequently concerns child support issues. The noncustodial parent typically pays child support to the custodial parent. Many child support arrangements are part of the divorce settlement and are mandated by the court. However, only about 43.5 percent of custodial parents who are owed child support receive the amount they are owed. And the discrepancies are not limited to parents who are financially challenged.

Going to extremes to avoid paying child support

Divorce can be contentious. Add child support to the mix in Georgia and the stress and anxiety rise incrementally. Once child support amounts are settled, they need to be paid. If a parent disappears, is presumed dead, and then reappears, what is the implication for the unpaid support? This was the question in a recent case where just such a situation arose.

Georgia's new plan to help with child support

Child custody and child support can be two of the most stressful factors in the outcome of a divorce. Living up to child support commitments can place additional strain on an already stressful situation. The courts in Georgia are trying to alleviate some of that stress through the creation of what they call Parental Accountability Court.

Failure to pay child support could have criminal consequences

A man in another state has recently learned that failing to financially support his child has criminal consequences. Parents in Georgia who also neglect to pay child support may face the same fate as this gentleman. Thankfully, it is possible to avoid such consequences by taking the appropriate actions early on.

Taxes and credit to be considered in Georgia property division

Divorce can affect one in nearly every area of life, including emotionally and financially. It can be incredibly stressful to move from being a couple to being an individual. Working through property division can be an especially daunting task as there are many things to consider. Family law professionals can assist those going through divorce in Georgia through the process of dividing property and other assets.

Understanding the various aspects of child support in Georgia

Determining child custody and support are major decisions that parents have to make if they decide to separate or divorce. Even if the couple is not married, once their parental rights have been established, they have to figure out how financial support will be provided. Couples in Georgia may want to seek assistance from those with experience handling child support and custody cases.

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