Enforcing Child Support and Alimony in Georgia
When someone breaks the rules, enforcement is put into place to help put things right. When you repeatedly fail to follow court orders, such as those related to child or spousal support payments, you can be held in contempt of court. You can even do jail time. If you have fallen behind on your obligations, contact the Georgia contempt and enforcement lawyers at Salata Law, in Alpharetta. We are based in Fulton County, and we can help.
What Is Contempt of Court?
If your ex has served you with contempt charges, you need to contact an attorney right away. Contempt means you have deliberately failed to comply with the court’s orders, and judges do not take kindly to this. For example, you may have failed to make your child support or spousal support payments, or have been habitually late in paying them. Punishment for contempt of court can include fines or even jail time.
The Court Will Make You Pay
Georgia takes the payment of child support seriously. If you do not meet your obligations, the Division of Child Support Services can arrange to withhold income from your paycheck, or from unemployment or workers’ compensation benefits. It can put a lien on your house, car or bank account, or intercept your lottery winnings and state or federal tax returns. It can take away your hunting and fishing licenses in addition to your driver’s license. It can block renewal of your passport. Clearly, court order enforcement is no fun. If you have been laid off or have had some other hardship, we may be able to help you obtain a modification.