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How is child support determined in Georgia?

In Georgia, every child has the right to child support. It is normal for a parent to receive assistance from their ex-spouse. Financial support is a critical aspect of your child's life. Any parent or caretaker can collect child support if they house and care for the child more than half of the time. 

The application process for child support is fairly simple. Child support services will help you collect child support payments or any other back payments once the process is complete.

Georgia guidelines to determine child support

"Income-sharing" is the approach Georgia courts use to determine child support. The judge considers the parents' joint incomes, and that amount - minus deductions - will be the base for child support. A support calculator is used after the gross annual income of both parents is determined. Courts in Georgia look at a number of things to determine income, such as:

  • Salary
  • Interest
  • Trust income
  • Tips
  • Commission

That said, every case is unique. How the guidelines are applied will vary depending on the situation.

Who pays child support?

Georgia child support laws consider both parents responsible for supporting the child until he/she turns 18. A parent is still required to pay child support even if they receive benefits such as unemployment and workers' compensation. The "non-custodial" parent has the child less than half of the time; therefore, they will pay child support to the custodial parent.

Modifying child support

Georgia courts don't just crunch the numbers; they take the complexities of life into account. A judge may increase or decrease the child support order based on your personal situation.

For example, if you make more than $30,000 a month, this might increase the amount of child support owed. If you are in debt from high expenses such as medical bills and school loans, there's a chance the child support order might decrease.

The outcome isn't always predictable. If your ex-spouse isn't cooperating, don't hesitate to pursue a private lawsuit. Your child deserves adequate support.

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