Child Support

Over the years, the computation of child support has changed in Georgia. When I first began practicing law, Georgia had simple percentages which would apply only to the income of the “non-custodial” parent. For example, if there was one child, the percentage range of child support that the non-custodial parent would pay would be between 17-23 % of the “non-custodial parent’s” gross income.

Today; however, the income of both parents are taken into consideration. Both parties are required to complete a “Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit”. Data and information from the Financial Affidavit is entered into an online Child Support Worksheet (also know as “Child Support Calculator”). The Worksheet / Calculator determines the “presumptive child support amount” for both parents. The non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay the presumptive child support amount to the custodial parent (unless the Court allows for an upward or downward deviation of the presumptive child support amount).

Seldom does the Court permit non-payment of child support unless the custodial arrangements are such that the parenting time will be virtually identical and the parties consent. There may be other exceptions.