The Siemon Law Firm
Honest Answers.
View Practice Areas

Child support necessary to meet rising costs of raising a child

Every Georgia parent is responsible for financially supporting their children. If the parents of the child are no longer a couple, then child support will be assigned to make sure that children are getting the support they deserve and need.

In Georgia, raising children can get expensive. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture it costs $234,900 to raise a child from birth to age 18. This number is expected to rise. Child support helps to make sure the every day expenses for the child are covered including food and clothes. It also helps pay for educational expenses and medical costs. Without child support, some children may not have their needs met.

While some people may look at their child support payments and think that they are unfair, this generally isn't the case. In fact, experts say it may be "sticker shock" by the one payment or the fact that they have to give the money to an ex-spouse that makes it difficult. But, the actual number is generally determined simply by a series of calculations.

Specifically in Georgia, child support is determined by using child support guidelines and a worksheet. This worksheet contains a number of different factors that can vary depending on the specifics in each family. These factors can include the amount of time each parent is with the children and the amount of money each parent earns.

It is important for Georgia parents to understand that the amount of child support that is necessary can vary from year-to-year. Parents who feel like they are paying too much or are not getting enough, should consider their legal options. It may be possible to modify child support orders so the needs of the children are met.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Child-Support: Paying Your Fair-Share?," Morghan Leia Richardson, Aug. 14, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Contact our Georgia Family Law Firm by calling 866-497-5134 or by completing this contact form. An attorney will respond within 24 business hours.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

The Siemon Law Firm
347 Dahlonega Street, Building 100
Cumming, GA 30040

Toll Free: 866-497-5134
Phone: 770-574-4126
Fax: 678-341-9749
Cumming Law Office Map

The Siemon Law Firm
4555 Mansell Road, Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Toll Free: 866-497-5134
Phone: 770-203-2831
Fax: 678-341-9749
Alpharetta Law Office Map

The Siemon Law Firm
3400 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 555
Atlanta, GA 30326

Toll Free: 866-497-5134
Phone: 770-727-8251
Fax: 678-341-9749
Atlanta Law Office Map

The Siemon Law Firm
One Parkway Center
1850 Parkway Place
Suite 715
Marietta, GA 30067

Phone: 770-203-1483
Fax: 678-341-9749
Marietta Law Office Map