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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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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.
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  • Gross Income

    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...

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  • Imputed 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.

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  • Mandatory Deviations

    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....

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  • Discretionary 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...

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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. 

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  • College Expenses

    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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