The law requires that there must be three months of child support arrearages before a private child support collector may contract to collect past due amounts. It also puts a ceiling on the fees that private child support collectors may charge for their services: they may charge only fees of one-third of the total amount of child support payments collected.
A private child support collector may not charge a client for anything other than the amount that is past due as of the date of the contract, together with any statutory interest owed on the past due amount. The Governor has expressed his intent that the law be interpreted as limiting fees charged by collection agencies to past due child support, not current or baseline child support payments. In other words, Georgia’s children should not see their current monthly payments decline as a result of the new law.