In Georgia, child support orders may be modified upon a showing of substantial change in either parent’s income or financial status, or in the needs of the children.
These changes could include:
- Obligations to support a child from a different marriage or relationship
- Change in the amount of visitation time
- Change in the medical or educational circumstances of the supported child
- Significant change in the receiving spouse’s income
- Involuntary loss of employment by the paying spouse
This substantial change must occur between the date of the divorce decree or previous child support action and the filing of the new petition for modification of child support.
Contempt of Court
Sometimes one former spouse or the other fails to comply with all or part of a court order. Typically, this may be by failing to pay child support, but that is certainly not the only possible means of contempt. You may need an attorney to act as your advocate if your former spouse is in contempt, or if an allegation is made against you that you are in contempt. If a Judge finds you are in willful contempt, there is a possibility a Judge could order you confined or fashion any other remedy the Judge feels is appropriate under the facts and circumstances of the case.