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What is Child Support in Georgia?

Child support is an ongoing, regular payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of their child(ren) following the end of a marriage or as a part of a legal separation / separate maintenance court order. Child support is paid by the parent for the care and support of their child(ren).  Usually the parent paying the child support is what Georgia law defines as the non-custodial parent. The person receiving the child support payments is typically the custodial parent or guardian of the children.  Under Georgia Law, the parent that has Primary Physical Custody is usually the recipient of the child support payments from the other parent.

How Long Must Child Support be Paid Under Georgia Law?

Child support must be paid until the child reaches eighteen (18) years of age, is deceased, marries or becomes emancipated. If a child is in college or some form of secondary school, child support payments may last until the child reaches the age of twenty (20) years.

How is Child Support in Georgia Calculated?

Child support payments are calculated based on a formula. Specifically, Georgia law (through the Georgia Child Support Commission) provides a Child Support Worksheet that is in the form of an Excel Spreadsheet for calculating child support. You can download the child support worksheet at this website:  http://www.georgiacourts.org/csc/

Under Georgia Child Support law (See O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15) both the Father’s and Mother’s incomes are used in the formula to calculate support.  In a normal divorce, the parties either agree on – or ask the court to decide the annual gross income of both parents.  Both parent’s gross annual incomes is input in the Child Support Worksheet. It there is a dispute about the income or earning capacity of one or both parents, the court may impute what it believes the income should be based upon the parties’ education and work experience. Even if a parent is uneducated and has very little work history, the court will usually impute at the least the minimum wage at forty (40) hours per week to that parent.

The lawyers, parties and court may then input these annual income values into the Child Support Worksheet to determine the amount of child support a parent should pay.  In most instances, the parent that makes the most money and/or has the least time with their child(ren) will end up paying some amount of child support to the other parent.  The child support calculations are based on a number of factors which include (but are not limited to):

the gross income of both parents

self-employment taxes

health insurance premiums

actual income, or the income earning potential of the parents

The Child Support Worksheet also provides for several deviations / adjustments to the calculations based on a case’s specific circumstances that can have the effect of increasing or lowering the amount of child support a parent may be required to pay.  Georgia child support law outlines eleven (11) deviations that can be used to adjust the amount of child support to be paid.  These deviations are used when calculating child support using the Child Support Worksheet. See O.C.G.A. 19-6-15(b)(8).  Within the eleven (11) deviations specified under Georgia Law, the factors can include, but are not limited to:

High income

Low income

Health related insurance

Child and dependent care tax credit

Travel expense related to visitation

Alimony

Mortgage

Permanency plan or foster care plan

Extraordinary expenses

Pre-existing child support orders

Whether either parent is supporting another child

Extracurricular activities of the child(ren)

Child care expenses for the child(ren)

Parenting time

Nonspecific deviations

It is important to note that each person that calculates the child support worksheet may come up with different final values based on their opinion regarding deviations.  However, the court evaluates the final child support calculations will have the final say as to how much child support must be paid.  The court may approve the child support numbers as presented by the parties or calculate its own child support amounts.

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Coleman Legal Group, LLC handles cases in the following cities and communities: Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton, Cumming, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Gainesville, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Midtown, Inman Park, Duluth, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Vinings and Smyrna.

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