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How is Child Support Calculated in Georgia?

Publish Date: 10/17/2022

Child Support Worksheet

Child support in Georgia is calculated by using the Georgia Online Child Support Calculator. The Georgia Online Child Support Calculator is an online calculator, which incorporates the financial information of both parents to compute a document, commonly referred to as the Child Support Worksheet, which will eventually be filed with the Court.

Each parent's gross monthly income (all income from any source) or an imputed income (wealth that can be attributed to a person) must be entered into the Child Support Worksheet. In addition to income, general information regarding the children (name and age), and other relevant financial information will be entered into the worksheet.

Once the general information has been entered into the worksheet, it will calculate a presumptive amount of monthly child support. From there, adjustments will alter the presumptive child support amount upward or downward by adjusting for childcare and health insurance costs paid by either parent. The presumptive child support amount may also be altered by deviations for 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, etc.

Anyone may visit the Georgia Child Support Commission's website to create an account, enter a parent's relevant information, and calculate a presumptive child support amount. However, it is important to keep in mind that adjustments for health insurance and childcare must be considered in the determination of monthly child support, but deviations are not required to be considered and are only ordered at the Court's discretion.

If you would like to learn more about a modification of child support, child support that is not being paid, or if you have general questions about obtaining child support in your divorce case, contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys.

Written by: Rebekah Ann James


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