In Georgia, both parents are responsible for supporting their child. Even in cases where the parties have an equal time parenting plan or a split parenting plan with equal numbers of children, one party will still be designated as the custodial parent and child support will be calculated for the non-custodial parent, although there may be adjustments which reduce or eliminate an actual periodic obligation. Those types of cases present more complexities than are present in a more typical parenting time schedule. When one parent maintains primary custodial custody, the other parent must pay periodic child support.
Child support determination begin with domestic relations financial affidavits and any other relevant financial information regarding the parents and the children.
The child support calculations are based on a variety of factors including: gross income of both parents, child care expenses, health insurance, other children's insurance, and extraordinary needs, if any, of the children.
Determining gross income for a parent who only holds a position as an employee is as easy as looking as pay stubs, W-2's or tax returns. Where there are businesses being operated, either full-time or part-time, there are more complicated issues. A process similar to completing a Schedule C for a tax return must be done.
Gross income can also be effected by the obligation of a parent to support other children (but not stepchildren) of the parent, whether those children are in his or her household or not. Typically, this will cause a downward adjustment in monthly gross income.
A judge may deviate from child support guidelines in certain situations involving a number of specified and unspecified factors, but any such deviation has to be justified by the judge in written findings.
Whether we are establishing child support, defending against enforcement, or seeking a modification of child support, we are experienced in focusing on these details to make sure that the obligation is proper.
At NMS Law Firm in northeast Georgia, we value the best interest of your children. Do you have questions or concerns regarding child support or child custody? Contact us today for a free consultation.