ATLANTA (AP) — A group of fathers in Georgia is targeting the state’s practice of putting parents who can’t afford to pay child support in jail.
The five fathers claim in a lawsuit that jailing parents who can’t afford to pay child support creates a modern day debtor’s prison because parents. They say parents who are put behind bars lose their jobs, making it even more difficult to pay up.
The fathers want to force Georgia to provide them attorneys at child support hearings. They say that could prevent the incarceration.
Attorneys for the state say the judges are just using the law for the worst offenders.
The dads recently won a court battle when a judge allowed thousands of other parents who were imprisoned for failing to pay the child support join their lawsuit.