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Can I Be Arrested For Not Paying Child Support?

In the state of Georgia it is common knowledge that a person can be arrested because of a failure to pay court ordered child support. All parents have an obligation to financially support their children. When parents are in the process of divorcing a court will issue a child support order defining each parent’s responsibilities.

There are severe, life altering, consequences for a parent’s refusal or inability to make child support payments. For instance, some of the penalties which can be levied against a parent for not paying child support include the following:

  • Jail time
  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Withholding of tax refunds
  • Denial of a passport if the amount of the deficiency is more than $2,500
  • Garnishment of paychecks and or unemployment/ worker’s compensation payments

A failure to abide by a court order results in a contempt of court action. If found in contempt as a result of a failure to make child support payments the Court will generally look to see what the cause of the deficiency in payments was. The judge hearing the contempt action may place the non-paying parent in jail or order that future payments be made on a strict payment schedule.

The important thing to remember for the parent at risk of being held in contempt for not making child support payments is that it is vital to have representation. A Douglasville Divorce and Family Law Attorney can assist with applying for a modification of an existing child support order if circumstances have changed such as a loss of job or a medical emergency. Furthermore, if a parent finds his or herself in a position where they have already been notified that they are in contempt of court for not making the required payments it is important to have representation to assist with explaining why there was a deficiency and suggest a plan to resolve it. Our law firm has assisted clients in Douglasville and the metro Atlanta area with a wide array of divorce and family law related issues. If you any questions or would like a free consultation contact our law firm today.