Interstate Child Support Problems In Georgia And Tennessee

I was divorced In GA back in 1994 and ordered to pay $75 per week in child support for my 2 year old son. I then moved home to Tennessee and got $3000 behind on payments. I was served papers in TN and the support was modified and lowered to $50 per week based on my income with an additional $10 per week going toward the arrearages. A garnishment on my paycheck was issued for this amount. I have no knowledge of the law and assumed everything was taken care of and that I was paying what I was supposed to. A few years later I realized something was wrong because I kept getting these statements from GA saying I owed more and more in arrearages.


Instead of my amount going down it went up and my income taxes were offset as well. The original $3000 in arrearages turned into over $16,000 over the years despite my check being garnished, taxes offset and them getting regular payments to cover arrearages as well as regular support. I have researched this issue and understand the laws now and find it upsetting that I was taken to the bank this way when I clearly was doing what I was court ordered to do, yet nobody informed me I had to follow GA law and not Tennessee.

My son turns 18 in 4 months. He has lived in GA his whole life. Now however he is living in my state of TN with his aunt. He will be enrolled in school here soon. My court papers from 1995 state that child support ends when the child reaches 18, ceases to live with the plaintiff, enters the military or becomes self supporting. I am hoping I can get the garnishment stopped at 18 but since some of that garnishment covers arrearages will I be able to stop it? My taxes are offset to cover arrearages so I’m hoping it can. What will happen and can my ex do anything to fight me on dropping this garnishment when my son no longer lives with her?

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Arrears will still be taken
by: Child Support America Team Member

You can have child support enforcement stop the order once your child is 18 as long as you are eligible according to the state guidelines. Unfortunately the back child support or arrears will continue to be garnished until they are paid in full.

Does the paperwork from 1995 state that child support will continue if the child enters college? Please respond via this post.

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arrears
by: Anonymous

The order says nothing about college or school, only that support will end when child reaches 18,enters military,ceases to live with the plaintiff or becomes self supporting.If the current order is over how can I find out the amount that will still be garnished for arrerages? Will it stay the same as the amount of full support or will it differ?

arrearages
by: Anonymous

Is there any way I can stop the garnishment?

Contact Your Case Worker
by: Child Support America Team Member

You will need to contact your case worker to find out the remaining balance. Ask them to mail you a copy of your payment history of your child support payments. They should also be able to tell you what amount you will be ordered to pay once the child turns 18. Also be sure you notify child child as soon as the child turns 18, so they can stop the current order immediately.

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suing my state for unlawfully modifiying support
by: Anonymous

It seems to me that if GA had jurisdiction over my child support order back in 95 and TN was not supposed to have modified that order and did anyway that I am not to blame for the arrearages GA claims I owe because the order was not supposed to been modified my TN in the first place.I followed the TN order because I did'nt know any better.Nobody told me my rights when the order was modified in TN and because of that I followed the TN order and had arrearages added up over the years at no fault of my own.Now my son is almost 18, im about to file bankruptcy,lose my home to foreclosure, am barely making ends meet thinking my child support will be over and things will be a little esier except for my taxes being offset and now I find out my garnishment will continue for several more years? How is this fair?Can't I sue my state since they modified my order in 95 and were not lawfully not supposed to? Should'nt they be responsible for those arrearages since they are the reason I owe them in the first place? The $3000 original arrearage amount has been paid off years ago but because of TN's neglegence I am still going to have my check garnished after my child support is over through no fault of my own.I have an almost perfect pay history and it is obvious I am not a dead beat dad trying to avoid paying.I would like to speak to an attorney about this and would love to hear your advice.

You make a great point
by: Child Support America Team Member

We are starting to understand your situation better with your last post. If the case was originally opened in Georgia then it appears that Tennessee was in violation for modifying the order.

There is something you can do about this and this is what we recommend. You can't sue child support, but you can legally press this issue. You can make the claim that TN was in violation in modifying your case that GA had jurisdiction of.

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