Just Don’t Do It! – Take Care of Your Kids! ©

I have been practicing law for many years in Metropolitan Atlanta and have come to learn of people who have gotten arrested for violating the state and federal laws in a number of ways.  Many crimes are committed by persons who are intending on doing wrong.  Then there are some who just don’t know the law and make a wrong decision that could lead to their arrest and land them in prison. No one plans to be arrested.  It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

Are you prepared to deal with that life changing moment?  Do you know enough about the law to keep you from getting arrested?  Children get arrested too.  You can’t be with your child at all times.  Are you prepared to educate your child on how to avoid a situation that could result in their arrest?  Typically, you can avoid getting arrested if you follow basic human ethics of respecting others personal privacy and property.  Do onto your neighbor as you would have him to do onto you. Let’s think about what you will do and not do if you ever hear the phrase, “Put your hands behind you.”  This is my tip on a particular situation that you should avoid or should precede with caution to avoid the possibility of getting arrested. — Just Don’t Do It!

When it comes to taking care of your children there is one basic law: Every parent has a moral and legal obligation to take care of the basic needs of a child.  Whether it’s furnishing sufficient food, clothing, or shelter, every parent has an obligation.  A child abandoned by its father or mother is considered to be in a dependent condition when the father or mother does not furnish these basic items. It matters not if the child is legitimate or born out of wedlock.  Any father or mother, who willfully and voluntarily abandons his or her child by leaving it in a dependent condition, could be arrested for the abandonment of a child.  It matters not if you have never paid to support the child before.  The offense of abandonment is a continuing offense.  Meaning a new charge could come 30 days after a prior conviction or acquittal.  An accused father and mother may enter into a written agreement providing for future support of the child by regular periodic payments to the mother until the child reaches the age of 18, marries, or become self-supporting, provided, however, that the agreement shall not be binding on either party until it is approved by the court having jurisdiction to the case.  If you are the accused and feel that child is not yours, then you have a right to ask the court to order all parties to submit to a paternity blood test.  If you fail to question the paternity of the child then you should not complain later.  The courts will find that you are the parent and require that you provide support for the child.  If the child is yours then you should have no objection to wanting to support it.  That child had nothing to do with how it arrived on this earth.  Nor can that child care for himself. It’s only fair that each parent participates in the care of its child.  When each parent participates in the life of child by supporting it with its resources and love then that child will truly have a chance for a better life.  Now if you choose to ignore your parental obligation and refuse to contribute to the support of your child, then the law will punish you.  So, take care of your kids. Don’t avoid paying your share of the support for the needs of your child.  JUST DON’T DO IT!

Attorney Emerson Carey, Jr. has been a trial lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia for over 21 years. He is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of law where he teaches trial advocacy. Attorney Carey can be reached at 404-635-1112, 1-877-635-1112, and ecarey@careydobson.com.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice and does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.  Every criminal prosecution is based on its individual facts and requires an independent evaluation by a licensed, experienced attorney.