January 24, 2020

Are Parental Accountability Courts a Reasonable Alternative to Jail for Delinquent Child Support Payers?

solutions to child support delinquency problemThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran an interesting article about parent accountability courts now being set up in a number of Georgia counties.   The Atlanta paper describes these courts as follows:

Parental accountability courts are run by representatives from the state’s Child Support Services division. These coordinators work with the parents, serving as a mentor and directing them to existing community resources. Each court is tailored to its particular county’s need. The coordinators may be called upon to help the unemployed prepare resumes or prep for a job interview. They might refer people to drug rehabilitation programs or other support services. Once those problems are addressed and the person is established in a job, it is up to the individual to make sure the child support is paid or the court has the option to garnishee wages.

As I understand the concept, state child support enforcement offices and county jails argue that incarceration does not solve the problem of delinquent child support payments, especially when jobs are scarce anyway and an unemployed dad with a prison record is even more unlikely to find a job.


Jonathan Ginsberg practices Social Security disability law in Atlanta, Georgia.  He represents clients in claims before the Social Security Administration.

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  1. Save the Turnips says

    How many of these “Deadbeats” are really people who have fallen on hard times? Underemployment, unemployment, medical reasons – not excuses . . . . they are real reasons people fall behind. I am so sad when people are automatically labeled as bad people when they are trapped by a system set up for them to fail.

    Save the Turnips. 🙂

  2. I have custody of my daughter and was granted 287 s month child support. In 2010 her dad became disabled and she began receiving benefits on his behalf. How are the funds to b spent when she goes to visit him, over any period of time. The state closed muy child support case because of the benefits received. Do her benefits cancel out any child support origanally ordered before he bacame disabled? Or am I suppose to still get my monthly support plus her benefits

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