The laws in Georgia regarding child support calculations have changed significantly in the last few years. For this reason, it's best to work with a knowledgeable family law attorney who has kept current on the laws.
At Sailers & Associates, in Atlanta, we use years of experience and the latest technology to successfully counsel our clients on child support matters including determination of child support after a divorce and child support modifications.
Child Support Laws in Georgia
The child support law in Georgia is based on an "income shares" model that requires consideration of both parties' gross incomes. Once the monthly gross income of each party is determined, the two incomes are added together to get the combined adjusted income amount. A Child Support Obligation Table is then used to get the Basic Child Support Obligation. That Basic Child Support Obligation is then applied to each parent's proportionate share of the combined adjusted income.
The cost of medical insurance and work-related childcare will result in the amount of the child support payment being modified with credit being given to the parent who is paying these expenses. In addition, the amount of child support may be modified if it is in the best interest of the child to deviate from the presumptive amount of child support. Examples of deviations may be extraordinary education expenses; extraordinary medical expenses or special expenses that exceed seven percent of the basic child support obligation. Child support obligations may also be adjusted to reflect parenting time obligations.
The calculations and modifications may seem confusing, but Attorney Sailers, will be happy to explain your options and help you find the right path for you and your family.
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