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Law in the state of Georgia mandates that both parents are financially responsible for supporting their child and the child support to be contributed by each party is calculated by a formula that takes into account the income of both parents, the number of children in need of support and the amount of time the parent spends with the child. This amount will be recalculated in January of every year in order to take into account the changes in federal tax law, meaning the amount is subject to change annually.
Currently, the child support law in Georgia is based on an income shares model that considers both parties’ gross income. Gross income encompasses income from every source. After the monthly gross income of each spouse is added together to get the combined adjusted income amount, a Child Support Obligation Table is used to get the basic child support obligation. This is then applied to each parent’s share of the combined adjusted income. Credit will be given to the parent who is paying for expenses such as the cost of medical insurance and the cost of work-related childcare. The court will also decide what percentage each parent has to pay of the child’s medical and dental expenses that are uncovered. Both parents are financially responsible for the child until he/she turns 18, marries, does, or becomes emancipated.
Once the amount has been determined, the Georgia Support Registry collects and distributes the payments. If a non-custodial parent fails to make a payment, the state can withhold the payment from a paycheck, seize worker’s compensation or unemployment benefits, revoke a professional license or report the party to a credit bureau.
In the case that the parents of the child in question are not married and child support case is not connected to a divorce, paternity must be established before any decisions involving child support can be made. This can be done via DNA test or if both parents voluntarily sign an Affidavit of Paternity.
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Our dedicated team of divorce and family law attorneys frequently handle cases for clients residing in the following counties: Fulton, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cobb, DeKalb, Henry, Cherokee, Douglas, Carroll, Coweta, Paulding, Bartow, Hall, Barrow, Walton, Newton, Rockdale, Henry, Spalding, Fayette and Clayton.
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Atlanta, GA 30312
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