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Child Support

What Are Some Factors That May Be a Deviation From a Child Support Order?

Georgia’s child support guidelines provide for deviations from a party’s basic child support obligation, some of which may be ordered by the court, and others which may be agreed upon by the parties. The court will not order any deviation from the child support obligation unless it determines that the deviation would be in the…

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How is Child Support Calculated When Each Parent Has Custody of One Child?

Georgia’s child support laws set forth uniform guidelines for calculating a parent’s basic child support obligation, as well as any deviations from that amount, both mandatory and non-mandatory. These guidelines assume that one parent has primary custody of the parties’ child or children in making the child support calculation. However, this calculation may not be…

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How Long Do I Have to Pay Child Support in the State of Georgia?

A parent who pays child support has the duty to support his or her child until the child becomes emancipated for child support purposes under Georgia law. There are a number of different ways that a child may be emancipated for child support purposes under Georgia law. First, the most typical form of emancipation occurs…

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Who Pays for Our Child’s College Expenses After a Divorce?

In some states, a court may order parents may be responsible for all or a portion of their children’s college expenses, even after their obligation to pay child support has ended and their children are over the age of 18. In states in which it is possible to order college expenses, however, the court typically…

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Imputing Income to a Parent in Georgia Child Support Calculations

Many couples who have minor children together and are in the process of separating, whether they are married or not, must address the issue of child support for their children. In most cases, one parent will have custody of the children and the other parent will pay child support. However, even in a joint or…

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Who is Responsible for Birthing Expenses When Parents Are Not Married?

It is not uncommon for a man to discover many years after a child’s birth that he is the child’s father. Georgia’s child support laws only address a parent’s prospective child support obligation in a situation in which the parents of the child are not married.  In other words, the statute does not specifically require…

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Deviations from Georgia Child Support Guidelines Due to Extraordinary Expenses

The Georgia Statute O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15 provides that a judge or jury can deviate from the amount of child support calculated on the Child Support Worksheet based on different situations.  Reasons for a deviation from the Georgia child support law include the following: High or low income Other health-related insurance Life insurance Child and dependent…

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