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How is Child Support Calculated?In Georgia, child support is calculated using the Child Support Worksheet. The Child Support Worksheet's calculation takes into account the income of both parents, along with several...Read More
How Long Does Child Support Last?Child support is provided for the care and maintenance of a child until he or she reaches the age of majority. However, under certain circumstances, child support may endure past a...Read More
What if Child Support isn't Being Paid?There are multiple penalties for failure to pay child support. However, there are also legitimate defenses like inability to pay. The Child support amount may also be modified.Read More
Gross income is an important part of the child support calculation. There are several factors that play into what is considered gross income for the purposes of calculating...Gross Income
Income may be imputed to a parent if there is no reliable evidence of a parent’s income or if a parent is voluntarily unemployed or voluntarily underemployed.Imputed Income
Deviations may vary the child support amount up or down. There are two deviations that must be taken into account during the child support calculation if they are applicable....Mandatory Deviations
In addition to the mandatory deviations, there are several other discretionary or non-mandatory deviations that MAY increase or decrease the presumptive amount of child support...Non-Mandatory Deviations
Taxes & Child Support
Child Support has several important tax implications ranging from whether it should be included in income or tax deductible, and who may claim the children as dependents on their taxes.
In Georgia, parents are not required to pay for a child’s college or post-secondary expenses. In fact, Georgia court cannot forcibly order parents to pay for a child’s college expenses. Although a presiding court may not require a parent to support a child past the age of 20 or pay a child’s college expenses, parents are free to contract with each other to provide for their children’s post-secondary educational expenses via a Marital Dissolution Agreement or Settlement Agreement.
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I was never married to my ex, we had actually had a child together and were fighting over custody of my daughter. A year up until we went to mediation my ex never paid child support instead only spend approximately $200 a... read more