When it comes to child support, it is important to remember that it is for the benefit of the child, and not the parents!
Georgia law requires both parents to provide adequate support for their children, and no parent can waive a childâ€™s right to receive child support. Georgiaâ€™s guidelines on child support keep the determination of payments as predictable and consistent as possible.
Neutrality is always the goal when deciding child support, however, there is an opportunity for legal persuasion when it comes to ordering and enforcing child support orders, which is exactly why you shouldÂ contact J. G. Boyd Law todayÂ for help with your child support case.Â
In Georgia, any custodial parent or caretaker of a childâ€”which is simply a parent or person with whom a child lives more than half the timeâ€”can collect regular child support from a parent who should contribute to the childâ€™s wellbeing. To determine the amount of child support, Georgia uses an â€œincome sharingâ€ approach. This means the amount a parent will have to pay in child support is based on both the mother and fatherâ€™s joint incomes, minus any deductions. A judge will first determine the gross annual income of both parents and run the numbers through a child support calculator that applies Georgiaâ€™s child support guidelines.
While the calculator and the guidelines are central to determining child support in Georgia, a court may increase or decrease child support depending on the individual circumstances of both parents and the best interests of the child. Let us help you determine which factors can be considered in your specific situation.
Itâ€™s important to take an in-depth look at all the circumstances affecting and surrounding your parent-child relationship and your relationship with your childâ€™s other parent. An experienced child support attorney can help you do this and ensure you have the documentation necessary to back up your child support-related claims.
If you need legal advice and representation in any child support matter, please contact J. G. Boyd Law in Atlanta, Georgia. We are ready to help you!