The child support case you’ve been waiting for can finally get you back on your feet.
The case you were waiting for was finally settled.
In Atlanta, Georgia, a man has paid $3,200 to a woman whose ex-husband filed a child support claim against her.
That was the settlement.
It was also the first child support payout that came from a state in the United States.
The settlement comes just months after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ordered Georgia to pay $10 million to a family whose daughter, a high school student, had been ordered to pay child support even though she was 17 and not legally emancipated.
That’s the latest twist in a complicated story.
The story of Georgia is just the latest example of how child support systems are changing in a way that hurts parents, who are increasingly turning to alternative financial models that aren’t legally enforceable and aren’t covered by child support.
“I think it’s a major shift in the way families are getting help,” said John Gee, an attorney and child support expert with the National Center for State Courts, which tracks child support awards.
“The trend has been for people to use alternative ways of paying child support.”
The change in law has been driven in part by changes in how courts treat parents who seek child support, Gee said.
Before 2000, courts awarded child support based on what was owed on a person’s income.
Today, courts are more likely to award child support on a family’s ability to pay, not the person’s ability.
Since 2000, the number of children who receive child support has nearly doubled from 1.3 million to more than 2 million, according to the Child Support Enforcement Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.
In 2016, there were nearly 2.3 billion outstanding child support obligations, according the National Women’s Law Center.
The child-support payments, typically owed over the course of several years, often take several forms: Child support payments are often based on income, which can range from $50 to $100 per month; child support is often owed to a spouse; and a parent’s or legal guardian’s share is often the full amount.
When a family owes child support and the child isn’t a citizen, a court can use an administrative or civil action to collect the money.
For example, a child might owe child support if a parent who is not a citizen has custody of the child.
If a court determines that the child owes child help, it will typically order a payment and collect child support from the child’s parent.
In Georgia, for example, the child support payment can be made after a child reaches the age of majority and before the child turns 18.
Some states have moved to eliminate the need for a parent or legal guardianship.
In most cases, the payment is collected directly from the parent or a parent of the noncitizen.
But a state can also use a collection agency to collect child-help payments from noncitizens.
The collection agency then works with a child’s other parents to determine how much support the child needs.
A collection agency can also seek court orders to collect support from noncustodial parents who are not citizens.
The court can then determine how long the support payment should be.
In addition, the agency can try to collect a portion of the payment from a parent that has not been a citizen for several years.
In many cases, courts can collect child care expenses, which include rent, utilities and transportation costs.
If a child is living with a noncameraman or an undocumented immigrant, the collection agency must notify the custodial parent that the court will not be collecting child support for the child unless the custodian or immigrant has provided proof of citizenship, said Lisa O’Malley, the legal director of the National Partnership for Children and Families, a nonprofit advocacy group that advocates for immigrant families.
Other states, like Louisiana and Tennessee, have moved toward a new, less punitive approach to child support enforcement, which means the court is not required to make a determination until after the child has reached the age at which a parent can pay child-maintenance payments.
While child support can still be a headache for parents, the amount of child support that is owed is much less than it was 30 years ago, said Michael Cappelli, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida who studies child support laws.
Child support is a significant financial burden on parents who may not have much money in the bank to pay it, but it’s also a source of pride and achievement for many parents who want to give their kids the best start in life.
It’s a way to help your child become successful in school and make a better career, said Capplli, who also runs a law firm.
Many states are starting to adopt this more punitive approach, he said.
Georgia is the latest to make it easier for parents