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What are the benefits of the Georgia Fatherhood Program?

The Georgia Fatherhood Program is a special initiative that supports noncustodial fathers to gain financial independence so they can afford to pay their child support obligations. Since 1997, the Fatherhood Program has swooped in to assist unemployed fathers in gaining the life skills and education they need to find gainful employment.

Unfortunately, most noncustodial fathers don't even know that the Georgia Fatherhood Program exists. If you don't know about this program, or you want more information about how it works, keep reading.

Helping dads who are behind on child support

Imagine you've been working in Cobb, Canton or Cherokee County for ten years as a bricklayer but suddenly the construction industry goes bust and all the bricklaying opportunities disappear. You may find that you need new job training if you want to get a job that pays the same level as a skilled bricklayer.

This is where the Fatherhood Program can help. It's designed specifically for fathers hit with a sudden loss of employment or a sudden income decrease. However, noncustodial dads may not discover that the program exists until they've missed a number of child support payments.

Services offered by the program

Administered by the Georgia Division of Child Support Services (DCSS), the Fatherhood Program can prevent a dad who is late on child support from needing to go to court. Its primary goal is to help dads find their way to self-sufficiency by teaching dads how better show up for their kids emotionally and financially.

Here are some of the services the program offers:

-- Helping dads get their driver's licenses reinstated after losing them due to late payments.

-- Services to make paying child support on time easier.

-- Help enrolling in GED programs.

-- Job training assistance.

-- Job placement and job search assistance.

-- Help finding volunteer opportunities.

-- Assistance in obtaining a child support modification after a drastic change in finances.

-- Education about the enforcement of child support orders and the consequences of nonpayment.

Having trouble paying your child support?

If you've suffered a significant income decrease, due to a job loss or job change, you might not be able to afford paying your child support payments each month. This situation requires swift legal action -- possibly through a child support modification -- to prevent the serious consequences associated with getting behind on your child support payments.

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