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The Child Support Worksheet provides a presumptive amount of child support. This presumptive amount may be varied upward or downward through deviations. Some deviations must be be taken into account during the child support calculation if they are applicable. These deviations are referred to as Mandatory Deviations. In addition to the Mandatory Deviations, there are several other Non-Mandatory or Discretionary Deviations that MAY increase or decrease the presumptive amount of child support in Georgia.
Types of Deviations
Mandatory Deviations must be taken into account during the child support calculation if they are applicable. There are two types of Mandatory Deviations: (1) work related child care expense deviation; and (2) the health insurance premium deviation. These two deviations take into account the yearly amount that each parent expends on work related child care and health insurance premiums for the children involved.
There are several other non-mandatory deviations in Georgia. These deviations may include but are not limited to: high income, low income, other health related insurance, life insurance, alimony, mortgage, permanency plan or foster care plan, extraordinary expense, parenting time and nonspecific deviations.