Eliminate The Confusion. Know That Your Rights Are Protected.
At Terri Herron Law, we can help you understand your child support rights and obligations. We understand that the process can be confusing and frustrating. You may worry about how much you will be required to pay or if you will receive enough support. You may even feel apprehension due to misinformation, like the myth that noncustodial parents are automatically obligated to pay.
“Ms. Herron took my custody case in Gwinnett County. My ex-boyfriend tried to get custody of my son who is special needs. I was scared and unsure of the outcome, but Ms. Herron answered my calls and was very patient with me, especially since I had a lot of questions. We won and the judge ordered my ex-boyfriend to pay $970 in child support and half of all the medical bills for my son.” — Client testimonial
Our lawyer will take the time to walk you through the process and explain how child support obligations are determined. We welcome your questions, and we will provide you with thorough answers to each of them.
The Incomes Of Both Parents Are Considered In Support Determinations
The Georgia Child Support Guidelines set out a formula for determining support obligations. An obligation ends when your child turns 18, graduates from high school or becomes emancipated, whichever comes last.
Specific numbers are entered into a specific calculation, but determining the value of certain items can be quite complicated. You should have an attorney on your side who understands the law and the process.
A presumptive amount is based on the incomes of both parents and the percentage of their contribution to the total. Once a presumptive payment is determined, deviations can be made based on several factors, including:
- Travel expenses for parents who live out of state
- The costs of day care
- Health care costs, including insurance premiums
- Educational expenses
- Extraordinary costs for extracurricular activities
- Parenting time
Multiple Worksheets Are Now Required
One of the biggest changes made to Georgia law concerning child support obligations is the requirement to file separate worksheets for each child being accounted for in the divorce settlement. This ensures that the unique needs of each child are accounted for and also saves parents time and money by reducing the likelihood of having to seek modification of an order later on.
Additionally, parents can now file separate worksheets that account for changes that could affect child support amounts. An example of this would be a child no longer needing support for daycare costs because they are at school full-time during the day. By filing a separate worksheet, parents can account for an eventual change in circumstance without the need to request a modification when the time arises.
Do You Have Questions About Child Support? Call Us.
We help with all matters involving child support, including determination, enforcement or modification of an order. Do not hesitate to have your questions answered.
Whether you live in the Atlanta metro or any of the surrounding counties, we can help you. Call us at 404-692-6487 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation at our main office in Roswell or any of our other Georgia office locations in Atlanta, Marietta, Snellville or Duluth.