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People using gig work to avoid child support

Employers in Georgia are required to report all new hires to a database designed to track parents who are under orders to pay child support. Most employers, however, are not required to report new gig workers or independent contractors. Even in states where the law requires reporting new contractors, large companies like Uber and Lyft do not always follow the rules, according to the head of the Department of Child Support Services in California.

Child support modification based on a change in income

A Georgia non-custodial parent who has a job change that results in a lower income may need to change the amount of child support paid. This is called a child support modification. A parent can go through the court system to apply for a child support modification, and the court will decide whether the income change merits a reduction of the payment amount.

How emancipation affects child support

When a child in Georgia is emancipated, if one parent makes child support payments, they may no longer be obligated to continue those payments. Emancipation most often occurs when a child turns 18. However, child support payments might continue after this point. A child might also be emancipated for other reasons. For example, economic independence, military service, marriage and abandoning the parental home are all reasons that a person might be considered emancipated.

How disability might affect child support

If Georgia noncustodial parents who are under a court order to pay child support become disabled, the custodial parents might wonder whether they will continue to receive those payments. If the disability means that the noncustodial parents will no longer be able to pay the same amount of child support that they paid previously, they will need to go to court to ask for a modification in support. The parent will continue to be obligated to pay the same amount in child support until this modification is approved.

The connection between child support and paternal involvement

A study has found that fathers who do not pay child support are also less likely to spend time with their children. Georgia fathers who are behind on support may also be less likely to provide their child with items like toys and food or to take part in activities such as helping them with homework.

The importance of child support

Some single parents in Georgia may struggle to support themselves and their children. This is where child support from the other parent becomes important, but one study indicates that child support is on the decline. In 2014, less than half of eligible parents had a child support agreement in place compared to 60 percent 10 years earlier.

What does signing a Paternity Acknowledgement form accomplish?

While most people are aware that paternity is automatically established if the parents are legally married at the time of the child's birth or that it can be established via DNA testing conducted by the Georgia Division of Child Support Services, they may be unfamiliar with how the process works in relation to unwed parents who agree on this frequently contentious issue.

Classic Words of Advice to Divorcing Parents from Minnesota Judge

Back in the mid-1990′s a Minnesota Judge, Michael Haas, penned 200 words of wisdom and advice to divorcing parents. His advice has become legendary and has been circulating among judges and others in the legal system for nearly 20 years. Apparently, the Judge's words were first shared with the masses in a letter someone wrote to Dear Abby in 1994. His words were so concise and impactful that several other Judges have quoted him in their own court decisions. It's been nearly 20 years since the judge gave his sage advice, and I would bet that 50 years from now his words will still ring as true as they have for the last 20 years. And now, sage advice from Judge Michael Haas:

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