Losing a job or having unforeseen expenses can make paying the bills a
challenge. For some in Georgia and elsewhere, unplanned circumstances
that may not even be the individual's fault can lead to parents being
unable to pay their child support obligations. Recently, a mother faced
serious penalties after she failed to make child support payments.
A mother has reportedly paid the back child support payments she owed.
The woman previously pled guilty to two felony charges of non-support
of her two children. A judge sentenced the woman to five years in jail
for each of the charges that were to run at the same time. The judge then
suspended the jail time although she was to be supervised. The judge also
reportedly ordered the woman to pay $5,000 towards the child support obligation,
which the woman made in addition to court expenses. The woman has paid
over $20,000 in child support payments, which makes her now current on
her child support obligation.
While meeting monthly child support payments may be challenging, it is
less common for parents to face penalties as severe as the mother above
has faced. If parents are unable to meet their existing child support
obligation, they may seek a judicial order to modify the child support
order. Child support payments may be used for the basic needs of the child,
which includes groceries, clothing and shelter expenses. Child support
may also include medical care, educational expenses, childcare and entertainment.
Medical emergencies and other unexpected expenses can make it difficult
for a parent to pay their monthly child support obligations. However,
it is important that when parents are in this situation to act quickly
to ensure that their children's needs are met.