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Georgia enforcement of child support out of state

This blog has discussed various parts of the way the state of Georgia implements its policy that children should be supported by the abilities and effort of both their parents. In cases of divorce or parents who do not live together, this is generally done through the issuance by a family court of a child support order obliging a non-custodial parent to pay a certain amount to help support the child. We have also touched on a number of ways single parents can enforce these orders, including motions for contempt, and suspension of driving and professional licenses. But what happens when a non-custodial parent doesn't live in Georgia, or moves out of the state?

Adoptions needed? Georgia leads in rise of foster children

Children are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Because they generally are unable to care fully for themselves, it is usually up to adults to ensure their safety, well-being and happiness. While most of the time this is the job of the biological parents, it is unfortunately common for those individuals to be unable or unwilling to take on that responsibility. When this occurs, someone else must care for the children. In many cases this means a stint in foster care.

What is imputed income in a Georgia divorce?

The policy of the state of Georgia is that children are to be supported by the fruits of their parents' labors. This generally means both parents, whether said parents are living together or otherwise communicating with regard to the children. So, when a court determines that one parent is to have residential custody of the kids, the other parent is usually required to pay child support.

Georgia domestic violence can include sexual abuse

We've discussed several facets of domestic violence in prior entries, including how certain forms of emotional abuse can be part and parcel of a pattern of domestic violence, and should be identified as such. Unfortunately, in many cases, people are often reticent to speak up about being victims, whether due to fear, shame, or the idea that there's nothing they can do. This can be especially true when the abuse includes a very private area of a victim's life, such as sexual activity.

Factors to consider when negotiating child custody in Georgia

When a Georgia couple decides to end a relationship, whether it is a marital one or simply a shared domicile, there are several subjects they may encounter, including the splitting up of property and who will be responsible for which debts. These considerations usually take a back seat, however, if the couple has children together. Determining where the children will live, and how involved each parent will be in the children's lives will often be the most important issue a couple will face when splitting up.

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