If a noncustodial parent is either unwilling or unable to pay child support as ordered by the court, there are many potential consequences that can seriously affect a parent's life, such as taking away his or her driver's license or even a jail sentence for contempt under Georgia civil and family law. In most other situations where jail time is a possible consequence, the defendant has a right to an attorney under state and federal due process guarantees.
When a couple is thinking about divorce, there are many factors that can motivate them to attempt to work out their problems and remain in their marriage, such as a mortgage, debt, or, most commonly, children. This may be what happened with NBA star Allen Iverson when his wife, Tawanna filed for divorce in Georgia, later dropped the divorce petition, and then decided to file again this week.
While there can be many reasons behind a failure to pay child support, it is not a good situation to be in, either for the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent. In general, child support collection is taken very seriously and there are a number of possible consequences for what are termed "deadbeat parents."
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to Maria Shriver, his wife of 25 years, that he fathered a child with a long-time housekeeper who served in the couple's home for over 20 years.
Child support payments can be difficult to keep up with for many non-custodial parents. For parents who are incarcerated, child supports payments can not only be difficult, but an ever-growing burden about which they can do little to nothing.
After divorce papers were finalized on Tuesday, Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller have officially untied the knot. Unfortunately for Charlie Sheen, it was quite an expensive knot to untie.
According to sources, over $1 billion dollars in back child support payments are owed to thousands of Louisiana children. But now, a new law will ensure that those payments are not squandered at Louisiana casinos.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments on the issue of whether parents facing incarceration because of failure to pay child support have the right to an attorney.
In our last post, we began looking at a New York Times article detailing a lawsuit that was recently filed against the state of Georgia for maintaining a system of "debtor prisons" which incarcerate parents for their inability to pay child support.
A lawsuit was recently filed in Futon County Superior court against the state of Georgia for its failure to provide legal representation to parents being held in prison for failure to pay child support.