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Owe child support? Pay up!

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Delinquent child support payments are a big problem, and leave single parents, moms and dads, struggling to make ends meet. So the state launched a program this week called Holiday Cheer, to encourage parents who pay child support to make a payment now, for the holidays.

The holidays are supposed to be time spent with families. But that's not the case for everyone. "Anytime you've got families that aren't together and children that are not with their dads or not with their moms and they're being shipped back and forth, then it's going to be tough for everybody," said Valerie Brown-Williams.

Sadly, this will be a tough time of year for many children whose parents are divorced. For some, it will be more difficult than others because one parent isn't paying their share of child support.

She said, "As a parent, that's something that you're supposed to do. You have to take care of your children."

But some parents have been laid off. Others just lay low to avoid those payments. Attorney Valerie Brown-Williams says if a parent will just make an effort, it can go a long way to keeping them out of court.

"If a parent can do something, even if it's not the whole thing, you need to make an effort to get something on your child support paid because your children have got to be taken care of, they've got to have a good Christmas and you can't expect one parent to do everything."

But rather, both parents pitch in, to make sure presents are under the tree and that the holidays truly are bright.

The deadline for catching up with the state's Holiday Cheer program was December 8th, but if you've fallen behind on your child support payments and need to make arrangements, contact the division of child support services.

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