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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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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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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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Life insurance is an important issue to consider in a divorce proceeding, for a variety of reasons. For instance, if you are the spouse who will receive child support or alimony, you will want protection for that support should something happen to the other spouse. Requiring the providing spouse to obtain and maintain a life…

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When a court issues a child support order, it is final. The parties must follow the original order until the court issues a new order to replace the original order. This is the case even if the parties have agreed to change the terms of the original child support order. While a court is likely…

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The situation is a common one, but not always a positive one.  For various reasons the two parties involved come to an informal (i.e. not court-ordered) agreement that their original court ordered child support or alimony payments will cease or be reduced.  While their intentions may be good at the time, and their agreement may…

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The law on child support changed dramatically in 2008 with the adoption in the State of Georgia of what is known as an “income shares” child support model. It use to be that you applied a certain percentage to the payor’s gross income and you argued upward or downward from there, based upon the number…

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