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How to enforce child support in Georgia

When a child support order is made in the state of Georgia, the obligation for the parent to pay his or her child support order becomes legally enforceable. However, it can still be very challenging to force a person to pay his or her child support payments when he or she simply refuses to do so or when he or she makes excuses.

If you are struggling financially because of the other parent's refusal to pay child support, it is important to know what your options are so that you can begin the process of enforcing child support and getting the funds that you need.

Taking the first steps when you have not received child support payments

The first thing you should do when you have not received your child support payments is to get in touch with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Child Support Services (DCSS). When you contact them, you should make sure that you are able to reference the original order. You can request a copy of this original order by going to the Clerk of Court's office.

The DCSS will be able to help you in many ways by taking steps to put pressure on the other parent to make it harder for him or her to avoid making payments. Strategies that the DCSS take includes withholding employment benefits or other state benefits in order to create funds for child support, and preventing state income tax refunds from going to the parent so that they are used for child support instead.

If you are struggling to receive the child support payments that you are owed in Georgia, it is important to take action as soon as possible so that you can get the financial support you deserve.

Source: FindLaw, "Georgia Child Support Enforcement," accessed May 31, 2018

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