Georgia Info

Georgia Divorce Start Your Divorce Find Professionals Georgia Articles Divorce Facts Divorce Grounds Residency Divorce Laws Mediation/Counseling Divorce Process Legal Separation Annulments Property Division Alimony Child Custody Child Support Divorce Forms Process Service Grandparent Rights Forum Georgia Products Divorce by County

Georgia Articles

Attorney Relationship Custody & Visitation Child Support Counseling Divorce/General Domestic Abuse Financial Planning Mediation Parenting SEE ALL

Info Categories

Contemplating Divorce Children & Divorce Divorce, Dollars & Debt Divorce Laws Divorce Process Divorce Negotiation SEE ALL

More Information

Articles Checklists Research Center Cases of Interest Dictionary Encyclopedia Encyclopedia (pop-up) Blogs

For Professionals

Advertise With Us Free Network Page Join Our Network Submit Articles Sign In

Network Sites

Georgia Divorce Support Georgia Divorce Online

Fraud in Child Support

The issue before the court was "whether a parent may sue the other parent for fraud and deceit based on alleged misrepresentations made during an action to establish child support."

Child support was established and ordered based on the father's gross income. The mother, however, claimed that she later discovered that the father had fraudulently represented his income.

She sued him for damages for fraud and deceit. She alleged that he had fraudulent stated his income "so that his child support obligation would be set at an amount much lower than he was legally obligated to pay."

In addition to seeking the "difference between the child support the father paid and the amount he should have paid," the mother sought "exemplary damages" for his "wilful and wanton acts and deceit and for his conscious indifference to the consequences of his actions."

The appellate court found that the mother's action was "not the pursuit of a modification of child support; she did not seek a new support award or an award of support arrearages on behalf of the child. Instead, she has brought a claim for damages which she herself has sustained due to the father's fraud and deceit, and there is no basis in law or equity to preclude such an action."

Butler v. Turner, 555 S.E.2d 427 (2201) (from the Superior Court of Cherokee County)

Was this helpful? Like our site & let us know.

Related Articles

Start Georgia Divorce Start Your Georgia Online Divorce Today
Easy, Fast and Affordable with a 100% Guarantee.
Georgia Divorce Find Georgia Divorce Professionals in Your Area:
Join the Network
Georgia Divorce Products, Services and Solutions Georgia Divorce Products, Services and Solutions
Georgia Divorce Resources to Help You Through the Process.
Online Parenting Class Georgia Mandatory Online Parenting Class
Easy and convenient - complete at your own pace online.
Divorce and Custody Books Discount Divorce Bookstore
Over 100 Titles of the Best Books on Divorce & Custody.
Divorce Downloads Divorce Download Center
Instantly Download, Books, Manuals, & Forms.
Divorce Worksheet Free Georgia Divorce Worksheet & Separation Agreement
Your Guide to Get Organized and Put Everything in Writing.
Georgia divorce law says that marital property is any property obtained during the marriage, except for property received as a gift from someone outside the marriage or by inheritance. Each spouse is entitled to a fair share of any marital property obtained during the marriage. The court does not use a set formula when dividing the marital property. Instead, the court will divide the marital property equitably, but not necessarily equally. This occurs regardless of whose name is on the title.
Divorce Lawyers & Mediators

Find Professionals

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:


Start Your Divorce File for a Georgia Divorce


Settle Your Divorce Negotiate Your Georgia Divorce


Support Forum Georgia Support Forum

Guarantee Official PayPal Seal Facebook Twitter Versign Secure Site