Child Support is the payment of money from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the support and maintenance of the minor child. Child support is often established within a custody case; that is a divorce, legitimation, or modification of custody action.
Child support is often a sensitive topic for parents of minor children, causing stress on each side of the relationship. The non-custodial parent, that is the parent paying child support, wants to best support the child but is fearful the obligations will be too difficult to sustain over the years. The custodial parent who receives the payment of child support worries that the support will be insufficient to provide for the child.
Under Georgia law, both parents must support their child until that child reaches the age of 18, dies, graduates from high school, marries, emancipates, or joins the military. However, support can extend past the age of 18, such as in the case of a child still in high school.
The laws for determining child support in the State of Georgia changed considerably in the year 2007. The court now looks at the combined income of both parents to determine the child support obligation. In addition, there are other factors the court may consider to adjust the basic obligation calculated based on income. These can include other payments made for the child (medical insurance premiums, child care, etc.), the percentage of time each parent spends with the child, travel expenses for visitation, to name a few.
A Child Support order can be modified by the court following a change in circumstance in the care of the children or the financial capacity of one or both parents. This includes a change in the physical custody of the child, increase or decrease in income for either parent, or special financial needs of the child.
At Potra Law Firm, we have the tools and expertise necessary to determine a fair child support obligations.