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The value of child support payments in Georgia

According to the Office of Child Support Enforcement, parents paid $32.4 billion in child support through that agency in fiscal 2015. However, significant numbers of parents aren't receiving the child support that they are owed. A 2016 report from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that women only receive about two-thirds of the support that they are owed, and men only get about three-fourths of the child support they are supposed to receive.

Failing to pay child support can have a number of potential negative effects for children. The parents of children who are not getting support they are owed may struggle to provide necessities such as clothing and food. Additionally, a 1999 study indicates that children who have parents who don't pay child support may have lower levels of academic achievement.

This may be as a result of the fact that parents who do not pay child support are less likely to spend time with their children than parents who keep up with support payments. Fathers who don't make timely payments spend, on average, three fewer days a month with children, and they are less likely to do things like help with homework or reading.

While it is very important for many single parents to receive child support, the amount that they are supposed to get is not set in stone. There are a number of reasons why someone might be able to obtain a child support modification. If a paying parent loses their job or becomes unable to work, they may be able to temporarily or permanently reduce their monthly obligation. On the other hand, if they paying parent starts making significantly more money, a custodial parent may be able to request an increase in support payments. A lawyer could explain what changes in circumstances may justify a modification.

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