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DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES v. OAKES.
A91A0783.
BEASLEY, Judge.
Child support. Sumter Superior Court. Before Judge Gibson.
Appellee, Mr. Lynn Oakes and Vicki Oakes were divorced in 1984. Their divorce decree required appellee to pay $50 per week per child for the support of the parties' two minor children. The appellee subsequently entered into a consent agreement with appellant, the Department of Human Resources, requiring appellee to pay child support in the amount of $40 per week per child from July 19, 1988, until December 2, 1988, after which he would again pay weekly child support in the amount of $50 per child.
DHR on the relation of Vicki Oakes later instituted the present contempt action against appellee because of his failure to make child-support payments. After a hearing, the trial court entered an order finding appellee to be in contempt of court by reason of being in arrears in child-support payments in the amount of $1,480. The trial court ordered appellee to begin making payments of $50 per week in child-support payments, $19.50 per week per child as a reduced child-support obligation and $11 per week toward the arrearage.
A trial court in a contempt proceeding is without authority to modify previous orders requiring a party to pay child support. Gallit v. Buckley, 240 Ga. 621, 626 (3) (242 SE2d 89) (1978).
Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General, William C. Joy, Senior Assistant Attorney General, William M. Droze, Assistant Attorney General, for appellant.
DECIDED OCTOBER 10, 1991.
Thursday May 21 09:39 EDT


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