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Growing popularity of Georgia's parental accountability courts

associated with the criminal justice system, especially incarceration, and actively exploring diverse alternatives to it that proponents say reduce recidivism, improve life outlooks for offenders and cost society significantly fewer dollars.

Alimony: Non-payment, enforcement and judicial remedies

Every state in the country has an official mechanism for enforcing child support payments and providing remedies when delinquent parents don't perform their obligations. In Georgia, that task falls to the Department of Human Services, most specifically to its Division of Child Support Services.

Football star Owens again in child support dispute

For years, you couldn't keep Terrell Owens -- the you-can't-miss-me professional football star known for both his prodigious talent and outsized personality -- off the football field.

Child Support Suit Filed in Fulton County against NFL Star

An interesting website called Salary Money that lets people compute and examine their salary in real time from different perspectives specializes in providing some eye-opening details about the money that celebrities -- especially sports stars -- make.

Hearing for Jobless Dad Jailed for Unpaid Child Support - Part II

A child support case involving an unemployed father from Rome, Georgia, is putting a spotlight on a very important question: What is the most effective way for our society to ensure that child support gets paid in a timely fashion to the children who need it?

Hearing for Jobless Dad Jailed for Unpaid Child Support - Part I

When parents are married and one becomes unemployed, the family scrimps and saves, cuts back on things and works through the tough economic period. When a divorced or unmarried parent loses a job, it can have serious legal repercussions. That's because unmarried parents are subject to child support orders.

Georgia Man Challenges Jail for Child Support Debt

On any given day, 500 Georgia parents face incarceration for failing to pay child support. They are usually jailed on civil contempt charges and are not given an attorney to represent them. One such Georgia father is challenging the legal basis for incarcerating people who are too poor to pay child support.

Should Poor Child Support Non-Payers Have Lawyers Before Jail?

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a South Carolina father who argues that, since people held in contempt for non-payment of child support may risk jail time, the poorest should have the right to government-paid attorney. South Carolina and Georgia are two of only five states in the U.S. that don't provide indigent people with free lawyers in child support contempt hearings.

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