Last time, we began discussing how those individuals fortunate enough to land a new job may not realize that while they are busy acclimating to their position, their new employer may be busy submitting their personal information to a state-run child support database.
When a person receives the news that they've been hired, it's understandably cause for celebration. However, this celebration may prove to be short-lived once the person actually reports for work, as they will soon find themselves inundated with forms to sign, people to meet, policies with which to familiarize themselves and, of course, duties to learn.
Agencies across the nation -- including here in Georgia -- have made remarkable strides over the last several decades in expanding the child support payment options available to parents. Indeed, in addition to more traditional methods such as in-person payments and payments by mail or over the phone, parents can now rely on auto deductions from their paychecks and online payment portals.
In a post last week, our blog spent some time discussing the various models used by the 50 states in calculating child support. To recap, Georgia and 37 other states use the income shares model, which calls for the respective income of the custodial and the noncustodial parent to be considered in determining the amount of child support.
It may come as a surprise, but one of the more confusing issues to emerge for many people going through a divorce is not property division or alimony, but rather child support.
As regards payment of child support, relevant laws across the United States stand out as being comparatively rigid and severe when examined alongside the legislation that governs this important area of family law in many other countries.
An interesting story regarding unclaimed tax refunds has relevance to a primary family law concern, and we pass it along for our readers as a segue to a brief focus on Georgia child support.
A recent divorce story that we pass along to readers in Georgia and elsewhere today is unquestionably interesting along several fronts.
Some might consider it crass to focus so much divorce discussion around money. It's an emotional matter, after all. But the reality for Georgia couples going through the process is that the financial aspects pose perhaps the greatest stumbling blocks to bringing a marriage to an end. And where children are involved, the issues have a way of being magnified.
Views across a wide spectrum are being expressed regarding a state mandate that is scheduled to kick in from tomorrow and potentially affect scores of thousands of people.