Family law can often be an emotional process for families in Georgia. One
of the most contentious issues in family law can be determining child
support. Some factors often considered to determine child support are:
Each parent's income
The number of children that must be supported by each parent
And how much time each parent devotes to a child
Parents must come to an agreement, or allow a court to determine, which
parent will pay child support and how much should be paid for the child's
needs. In particular, divorcing couples with children face the difficult
task of balancing Georgia's child support guidelines and worksheets.
In Georgia, Jamal Lewis, a former NFL player was recently arrested for
allegedly failing to pay child support and not seeing his child for more
than a year. Lewis was charged with child abandonment, booked, and later
released. Lewis released a statement denying the allegations and stating
he would work within the court system to find an effective co-parenting
arrangement regarding his son.
As demonstrated by Lewis' child abandonment charge, when a parent fails
to pay child support, criminal charges may be brought against them. Child
abandonment is alleged when a parent or guardian intentionally fails to
provide the physical care and shelter for a child. Failing to provide
child support, failing to communicate and failing to maintain visitation
with your child are behaviors that make child abandonment charges more likely.
Parents in Georgia facing difficulties in making child support payments
should consider seeking a modification to their agreement to avoid criminal
charges such as child abandonment. It is in the best interests of a child
for parents to come to a sustainable agreement on child support.