A Not So Gentle Nudge to Pay Child Support

Parents in Georgia are paying child support, some for the first time, and nobody filed any enforcement petitions to make it happen. Here’s an article about it in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The Georgia Department of Human Resources sent letters to several thousand parents who were more than six months behind on their child support. The letters told the delinquent parents that if they didn’t begin paying their child support, they might have their driver’s license suspended, their wages garnished, and/or liens filed on their property, among other undesirable consequences.

“We are more into getting support to the children than we are into punitive measures,” said Barbara Joye, a staff member with Georgia DHR. “We encourage people to get back on track and support their children.”

DHR has set up counseling and job training for parents who want to pay but whose income is too low.