One of the most common questions about child support is “Can a father refuse to pay?” The answer to that question depends on whether the father has earned income. Generally speaking, if a father has no income, he will be required to pay a minimum of $25 per month. Those who are low-income may also receive public assistance and SSI. In either case, the court will consider the father’s work history and determine how much he can pay.
There is one exception to this general rule. If a father does not have the means to pay child support, he cannot refuse to. Child support is meant to care for the child, not to give the mother a king’s run. Children are not meal tickets, and men should support them. Similarly, if a mother is not able to support his child, she can expect a father to support her.
In most cases, a father can be ordered to pay child support if he fails to do so. Often, if a father refuses to pay child support, he will be considered a willful violator. This can result in probation, or even a jail sentence. If the father continues to refuse to pay child support, it is important to get help as soon as possible. If you feel like your situation is out of control, a qualified family law attorney can help you.
If the father refuses to pay, the court will consider it a contempt of court. In addition to the usual fines and court costs, a father can also face criminal sanctions if he does not pay child support on time. In Georgia, for example, child support that is more than two years late can be considered a felony. Georgia also keeps a public “Most Wanted” list, which makes avoiding child support even more of a nightmare.
While paternity is presumed in many jurisdictions, the father still has the right to disprove the allegations in court. If the father has not agreed to participate in a paternity test, the court must offer him the opportunity to do so before moving forward with the support or parenting case. Because paternity law requires both biological parents to support their children financially, the state may file a paternity case against the alleged father.
In most cases, the non-custodial parent must make payments to the non-custodial parent to help them meet the needs of the child. These payments can cover day care, health insurance, and more. If the non-custodial parent has a lower income than the custodial parent, child support is a great source of financial support. It may also help a parent who is raising a child on a lower income.
When determining how much a parent should pay, a judge’s decision will be based on the income of each parent. Child support may also cover a portion of health insurance and educational expenses. The non-custodial parent cannot deny payment of child support if he’s ordered to do so by a court. The non-custodial parent’s income, resources, and financial responsibilities for the child will all affect the amount he will have to pay.