Child support can be an extremely contentious issue in a family law proceeding. Georgia law holds both parents responsible for support and allocates the responsibility between the parents according to income and other factors. A minor child is entitled to support until a child graduates from high school, reaches the age of 20, dies, is emancipated, joins the military or marries.
Typically, the non-custodial parent is required to pay child support to the custodial parent, with the amount depending upon a variety of factors including the gross income of each parent, health insurance and medical costs, private school expenses, food, child care and other extraordinary expenses. The amount of child support is based upon an “income shares” model that takes into account the gross income of both parents (which includes salary, commissions, bonuses, overtime, severance pay, interest and dividend income, and investment income among others). The “Georgia Child Support Obligation Table” is then utilized to determine the “Basic Child Support Obligation”. As well, modifications to child support may be made when there are material changes in circumstances following the issuance of an original order.
Emily S. Bair & Associates handles child support issues not only in divorce and modification cases, but also in paternity and legitimation cases.
Because of the complexity of child support negotiations, calculations and modifications, it is important to have an attorney with extensive expertise in balancing the interests of the child with all parental assets. Emily S. Bair & Associates assures that your interests and those of your child/children are protected.