Georgia Divorce Child Support
In a divorce with minor children, there are no areas more contentious, or more important, than child custody and child support. In Georgia, both parents share the legal obligation to financially support their children until the children are eighteen years old, graduate from high school, or are otherwise emancipated, whichever event occurs later. We have the experience to ensure that custody is awarded according to the best interests of your children and that your children receive appropriate financial support.
Determining Child Support
Effective in 2007, Georgia joined the majority of other states by adopting a shared-income approach to determining child support. Prior to 2007, Georgia law proscribed a flat percentage of the noncustodial parent’s income to determine child support. Under the shared-income approach, the incomes of both the custodial and non-custodial parents are considered. In determining child support under the shared income formula, the court will look at the combined monthly income of both parents. Then each of the parent’s incomes will be compared to the combined total in order to assign an appropriate percentage for each parent’s financial responsibility. For example, if Mother earns $6,000 per month and Father earns $4,000 per month, Mother will be responsible for 60% and Father will be responsible for 40% of the financial needs of the children.
Adjustments to Child Support
In addition to the monthly incomes of the parents, the court also looks at the specific financial needs of the children in making a determination of child support. Georgia law authorizes the court to consider the costs of private school tuition, certain costs for extracurricular activities, certain costs for medical care and daycare costs. Additionally, the court is authorized to consider the financial circumstances of the parents including any obligation a parent may have to another child and certain self-employment taxes and costs.
Hiring an Attorney
Determining child support is a complicated process and one that is open for argument. The child support guidelines established by Georgia law are merely guidelines, and Georgia law allows for deviations from the guidelines in certain instances. An experienced family law attorney will be able to utilize the guidelines and be knowledgeable of the available deviations that will render a child support award that will adequately provide for your children’s financial wellbeing. Contact The Zdrilich Law Group today for a consultation or fill out our online form now for an analysis of your case.