How Does Child Support Law Determine How Much I Can Expect to Receive?

In the state of Georgia, child support law determines the amount of child support based on income only—not by parenting time figures. The court may deviate from the state’s child support guidelines on a case-by-case basis. However, this typically only happens when the non-residential parent’s visitation time greatly exceeds what is considered standard and customary. In order for the court to consider this, the non-residential parent would have to prove these parenting hours are outside of the norm, furthermore proving these excessive parenting hours would require specific proof, not just parenting time estimates.

Georgia Child Support Formula

The child support formula for the state of Georgia is the same for sole and joint physical custody. Unlike many other states, Georgia gives no automatic parenting time credit that can reduce your child support amount. Again, the only way parenting time can influence the amount of child support you receive or pay is when the family court deems the visitations are substantially in excess of those usually approved by the court. The court will make modifications to child support on a case-by-case basis when the situation requires it.

Here are some additional factors the courts in Georgia will consider to come up with monthly payments:

  • Residential parent’s monthly gross income.
  • Non-residential parent’s monthly gross income.
  • Number of children under age 18 or still in high school living in either home.
  • Cost of work-related childcare.
  • Cost of health insurance premiums.
  • Pre-existing child support or alimony obligation by either parent.

Knowing Accurate Child Support Figures Helps Your Children

Your children’s needs will be financial stable if you know how much support you will receive or how much you will need to pay. You will likely want to have an idea regarding how much child support payments will be now. Knowing this will be helpful even if your court date is some time away.

There are calculators available online to help you determine an estimate for child support payments. However, to get the most accurate information, it is best to work with a qualified family law attorney who can guide you through the process, answer your questions and give you proper estimates so you can better prepare for your child’s future.

Legal Advice on Child Support

If you have more questions about child support laws, Reeder Law Firm is here to help. Call Reeder Law firm today at (770) 504-4747 for a free confidential consultation and legal assistance. You don’t have to search for answers on your own!