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Enforcing child support: The methods of enforcement in Georgia

Living in Georgia with your child, you know that you should be receiving child support in accordance to state law. If you are owed child support and aren't receiving payments, then you can seek out payment enforcement from the local Division of Child Support Services. The DCSS can help put pressure on the other parent to begin making payments.

What can the DCSS do?

The DCSS can do several things to make sure your child is receiving the support required from the other parent. For instance, the DCSS could make sure the support is withheld from unemployment benefits or paychecks they receive if they are not making timely payments or offering to pay you at all.

The DCSS can garnish workers' compensation benefits, too, so even if someone is hurt on the job and can't work, the child support needed can still be obtained for your child's sake. When an income is present, your child is entitled to at least a portion of child support inaccordance to your court order.

If the other parent doesn't pay for 60 days, then the person's driver's license, occupational license, or professional license can be suspended or revoked. This isn't as common, since it can make it impossible for the person to get to work, but it is a possibility in certain cases.

It's possible to file a contempt of court action as well, which could result in the other parent being placed in jail for failing to pay child support. Compliance with child support would then likely be made a condition of being let out on parole.

Each of these is a possibility, and there may be others in your case. Your attorney will know more about local laws and options.

Source: FindLaw, "Georgia Child Support Enforcement," accessed June 16, 2016

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