Bar Rules

Rule 1-209. Failure to Pay Child Support Obligations

Organization of the State Bar & Admissions / Part I - Creation & Organization / CHAPTER 2 MEMBERSHIP / Rule 1-209. Failure to Pay Child Support Obligations

  1. Obligation to Pay Child Support. A Bar member shall not willfully refuse, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction under the procedures of O.G.C.A. § 19-6-28.1, to timely pay a child support obligation and continue such refusal for thirty days after said determination becomes final. A certified copy of a court order finding that the member has willfully failed to maintain compliance with child support obligations shall be conclusive evidence of an infraction of this Rule. So long as a member is complying fully with the purge provisions of a court order of contempt for non-payment of child support, this Rule shall not apply.
  2. Not in Good Standing Upon Non Compliance. In the event a court of competent jurisdiction makes a finding, under the procedures of O.G.C.A. § 19-6-28.1, that a member has willfully failed to timely pay a child support obligation and continues such refusal for thirty days after said determination becomes final, the member shall be deemed not to be in good standing and shall remain in such status until such time as the noncompliance is corrected.
  3. Action by State Bar of Georgia. Upon receipt of a certified copy of an order by a court of competent jurisdiction, under the procedures of O.G.C.A. § 19-6-28.1, finding that a member has failed to timely pay a child support obligation and continues such refusal for thirty days after said determination becomes final, a notice shall be mailed by certified mail to the member's current address contained in the membership records of the State Bar. The notice is deemed received whenever actually received or five days after the notice is mailed, whichever is sooner.
  4. Return to Good Standing. A member deemed not to be in good standing under this Rule shall be deemed to be in good standing upon providing the Executive Director of the State Bar a certified copy of a court order finding that the delinquency has been satisfied and by paying an administrative fee set by the Executive Committee. The member shall be returned to good standing only upon compliance with the foregoing conditions. 



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