Penalties for missed child support in Georgia you didn’t know

| May 5, 2021 | blog

Custodial parents usually receive child support meant to provide for the needs of the child. If the noncustodial parent misses making payments, the court may see this as an act intended to harm the child. Should you miss paying child support in Georgia, it could result in several penalties.


You may be fined for unpaid child support. This also applies to parents who fall behind on their child support payments.


You risk spending time in jail if you miss paying child support. However, this is usually a last resort since the court reasons that a parent in jail cannot work and earn money to pay child support.

Suspension of business licenses

If a noncustodial parent fails to make child support payments, the court can order for their business licenses to be suspended. In some cases, these licenses are revoked until payment is made. For instance, a medical practitioner can have his or her license suspended for failing to pay child support.


The court can garnish your wages if you fail to make child support payments. This means that a certain amount of money will be automatically deducted from your paycheck and sent to the custodial parent. Under the Wage Garnishment Order, the court contacts your employer directly and asks them to deduct support payments from your salary.

Federal penalties

Sometimes, failing to pay child support may result in federal penalties. This usually happens under the following circumstances:

  • You miss paying child support for more than a year.
  • You can pay child support but you choose not to or otherwise deliberately refuse to pay.
  • You owe more than $5,000 in child support.

Under such circumstances, you risk a prison sentence of up to six months. To avoid such penalties, it’s important to pay child support on time. If you fail to make payments for various reasons, seek advice from a family law attorney on how to resolve the issue.