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Back Child Support Laws & Child Support Arrears Forgiveness

by Ryan P Post

Child support payments are usually awarded to the custodial parent of a minor child to help with expenses associated with raising that child. Georgia law uses a child support calculation formula that takes the income and debt of both parents into account. The court-ordered child support amount is intended to equal the minimum amount the noncustodial parent would pay to support the child if they still resided in the child’s household.  Unfortunately, it is not unusual for noncustodial parents to fall behind in their child support obligations. When this happens, they may find their life impacted by back child support laws and the unavailability of a child support arrears forgiveness program.

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Forced Fatherhood

by Matthew Michaud

Fathers of minor children in Georgia have legal options they can pursue in order to be granted court-ordered rights to their children, such as legitimation or custody actions. However, even fathers who don’t want to be involved with their biological children can have some responsibilities forced upon them by the courts. This most commonly comes in the form of child support.

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Georgia’s Putative Father Registry and Father’s Rights

Georgia’s Putative Father Registry and Father’s Rights

by Ryan P. Post

In Georgia, the putative father registry is a statewide listing containing information about men who may be the biological father of a child. The registry includes men who have registered themselves as potential biological parents (but not “legal” fathers) as well as fathers who have signed acknowledgment forms for children born out of wedlock. Under Georgia law, birth fathers, even if they are unwed and have yet to prove paternity, have significant rights over their children, including input into whether or not they can be adopted and the opportunity to seek custody rights.

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