Numerous Americans work freelance jobs. Some do it for the freedom it offers them. Others do it for extra cash. Regardless of why they work this kind of job, any income earned counts toward any child support obligation they may have. In Georgia and most other states, it is up to freelancers to report their own income to the state, but this is something that many are not doing.
According to a recent article, child support is generally pulled directly from the paying parent’s wages. This requires employer involvement. However, of the 2.5 million Americans who work freelance type jobs, it is up to them to report their income — unless they work for one of the few select companies who have agreed to withhold funds from such contractors’ pay checks. Without an employer reporting income, it is easier for these individuals to hide this income from the state.
As it currently stands, nationwide support paying parents are behind in their obligations to the tune of $114 billion. This number seems to grow every year. Sadly, this means a good amount of children are not getting their needs met due to lack of financial support.
While freelance income may not be reported, through some investigative work the funds can be located and enforcement options can be utilized in order for any money owed to be sent to the receiving parent. Georgia residents who are struggling with child support issues — whether they are the payor or payee — can turn to a family law attorney for assistance. With the right help it is possible to ensure a fair support order is achieved and followed.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Gig Economy Gives Child Support Scofflaws A Place To Hide“, Jen Fifield, Dec. 1, 2017