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In Atlanta, as elsewhere in the U.S., failure to pay child support can have serious consequences.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.