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Who Pays Child Support in a Georgia Divorce Case?


During a divorce, the children are often the center of attention when it comes to making arrangements. Of course there are financial assets to consider such as homes, property, vehicles, and retirement savings, but children’s lives are often greatly affected by a divorce case, which is why you’ll want the help of a seasoned child support attorney.

It used to be customary that the mother would take custody of the children and the father would pay child support, but with today’s more unique families, this isn’t always how it works out. Each family is different and what works for one family won’t always work for another family. Here’s how you can figure out what’s best for your situation.

Custody Arrangements

When one parent has primary or sole physical custody of the children, the other parent will typically provide child support. This works well for most families because the parent who houses the children will often need some extra support to feed, clothe, and send them to school on a daily basis.

If the parents share custody equally, the one who is the higher earner will be more likely to pay child support. If both parent’s incomes are relatively the same, it’s possible that neither will need to pay child support.

How Child Support is Calculated

A judge will determine the amount of child support that is to be paid. If the parents agree on another amount, this will need to be approved by the court. To estimate how much child support you can expect to pay or receive, use these 5 steps.

  1. Determine each parent’s monthly adjusted gross income.
  2. Combine the monthly adjusted gross income for both parents.
  3. Calculate each parent’s percentage of the monthly adjusted gross income.
  4. Review the Basic Child Support Obligation Table to determine how much the courts expect you both to provide in caring for the children each month.
  5. Multiply the combined basic support obligation by your percentage of income.

Please note that this is only an approximation of the expected child support. The final number will be determined by the court in your county and will also take into account the custody status of the children, whether sole, primary, or joint. You will be encouraged to work with a family divorce lawyer during the entire process to ensure a fair agreement for all involved.

If the financial situation of either parent drastically changes in the future, a child support modification request may be made. The new financial status will be used to recalculate and find a new, more suitable, child support payment.

Reach Out for Help Today

Going through a divorce is never easy, especially when children are involved. For help navigating your family law case, please reach out to Daniele Johnson & Associates. We have the experience of a divorce and family law attorney available, as well as a child support modification attorney. Call us at 770-984-5311 or send a message online.

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