Guiding You Through The Determination Of Child Support

By law, children have a right to be financially supported by their parents at least until the age of majority, and under certain circumstances well beyond that point.

Child support is an area that is both separate from and yet simultaneously intertwined with custody and visitation. Your children have a right to continue in the same standard of living to which they have become accustomed prior to your divorce or breakup with the other parent. Additionally, if there are big differences in the style of living between the two separate parental homes, this may affect the amount of support the child is entitled to as the court seeks to provide a similar lifestyle for the children regardless of which parent they are spending time with.

How Is Child Support Determined?

The Georgia Child Support Commission has created a child support calculator, better known as the child support worksheet (CSW), which determines the amount of financial support each parent must provide, using the following four financial figures: father's monthly income, mother's monthly income, monthly insurance cost for the child(ren) and monthly day care cost for the child(ren). Once these numbers are entered into the worksheet, the presumptive amount of child support to be provided by each parent will be calculated.

Factors that could affect child support and increase or decrease the presumptive amount as determined by the child support worksheet include:

  • The physical and emotional condition of the child(ren)
  • Educational needs
  • The financial needs and ability of the parents

It's too much to try to get through all of these calculations and potential deviations alone. Even after calculating the appropriate amount of child support, you may need to deal with child support orders, modifications, enforcement and contempt actions for noncompliance with the court's child support orders.

You need a strong, competent attorney who can educate you on every aspect of child support and the consequences for not complying. Attorney Ed Hecht can help you understand and enforce your rights, whether you are the parent paying the support or the parent receiving it.

Schedule a free phone consultation with a lawyer or discuss your matter further in the Alpharetta office of Hecht Family Law. We can be reached by phone or by completing our convenient email form.