Divorce comes with many financial changes. If you and your ex-spouse have children together, the financial support your child needs from you will now be determined and legally mandated by Georgia child support guidelines.
If you are the non-custodial parent, these basics may help you prepare for your obligation to provide child support.
How much does child support cost?
In Georgia, child support payments are calculated based on the total gross income of both parents and the number of children that need support. Parents can visit the Georgia child support commission’s website to access the online child support calculator.
How are child support payments made?
Once parents have reached a child support order in court, one payment method option is to have the support amount automatically deducted from the non-custodial parent's paycheck. Under state law, income withholding should be immediate. For parents that are not making payments, their federal and/or state income tax refunds can be intercepted. These are just a few of the different ways the state can ensure that child support payments are made to the custodial parent.
What are the penalties for missing child support payments?
If a parent is not complying with the child support order, he or she may be found in contempt of court. One example of a possible penalty that may be imposed is the suspension or revocation of the parent’s driver's license.
How long must child support payments be made?
In Georgia, child support must be paid until the child is emancipated or until the child finishes high school or reaches the age of 20. In some other states, child support is required for children who attend college and live at home.
All parents in Georgia have a financial obligation to their children. Child support payments are always required of the non-custodial parent, unless the custodial parent waives that right or the non-custodial parent’s parental rights have been terminated.
If you have concerns over child support payments, speak with an attorney. A lawyer can help you understand the intricacies of child support law in Georgia and discuss whether adjustment options for child support payments may be available.