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Obtaining child support when a parent leaves the state

Many single Georgia parents rely on child support to provide their children with everything they need to thrive. While many noncustodial parents do their best to pay the child support that they owe on time, others may try to avoid making payments. In cases where noncustodial parents go so far as to leave the state to avoid making payments, they may potentially face legal punishments under the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act.

Certain parents can be punished under the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act. In order for parents to potentially be punished, they must travel to another state and fail to make any child support payments for more than one year. They must also owe more than $5,000. They may also face punishments if they fail to pay child support for at least two years and owe more than $10,000.

The penalties for willfully failing to pay child support can range from a jail sentences of six months for a first offense and up to two years for a second offense. Additionally, the court could potentially order the parent to pay back the child support that is owed.

If parents are unable to get the child support that they are owed, a family law attorney may represent them in court. The attorney may provide evidence showing that the noncustodial parent was willfully avoiding making the payments and that the custodial parent had attempted to obtain the payments on their own. If the noncustodial parent is still in the state, the attorney may request that the court take action to obtain the child support that is owed, which may be done through wage garnishments or a tax refund seizure. If the parent has left the state, the attorney may determine what options the custodial parent has.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
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Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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