Georgia child support laws have gone through some marked changes in the last few years. The laws and case authority demand that the court receive more financial information about the parties in order to attempt to make the best possible decision when it comes to allocation of the responsibility for support of children.
All child support cases begin with the preparation of a domestic relations financial affidavit. in addition, any relevant financial information about the other party must be collected.
A child support worksheet must then be completed. This is based upon the financial information of both parties, as Georgia employs an income share system for determining the support of the non-custodial parent or the net support owed in the case of split parenting arrangements. Gross income is adjusted based upon other parenting obligations of each parent. Calculated support is further adjusted based upon division of responsibility for health care and insurance and unusual expenditures associated with a minor child.
Split parenting arrangements can occur because of equal divisions of parenting time or because of division of primary custody of the parties' children.
Depending upon a particular case, completion of the child support worksheets can be complex and entry of information in particular sections can have a dramatic effect on the calculated support obligation.
We can help you with establishment of support and modification of support obligations.