Do You Have Questions About Child Support? The Barnette Law Firm Has Answers.
Does income matter for child support payments?
The court does consider the gross income of each parent when issuing a child support decision. This includes income from any source before taxes. In Georgia, parents are entitled to an adjustment or credit towards their gross income for pre-existing child support orders from other relationships. Such adjustments are not allowed for payments that are not actually being made or for arrearages (late payments)
Who is responsible for paying child support?
In the state of Georgia, both parents are responsible for the financial support of the child or children. A duty of child support is presumed owed when parents divorce, legally separate but still remain married (known as separate maintenance in Georgia), an unwed male signs a child’s birth certificate or a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, and when a genetic test determines 97% probability of parentage.
When does the obligation to pay child support begins?
The obligation begins when the child is conceived. In Georgia, “the maximum amount of [child] support which the court may impose on the father of an unborn child… shall be the amount of direct medical and pregnancy-related expenses of the mother of the unborn child.” O.C.G.A. 19-6-15
What sources of income count when calculating child support?
The list is very long and the court’s authority to reach these sources of income is vast. Most people think of income being derived from one or two sources like a salary from an employer or self-employment but, in Georgia income can be from any source whether you earned the money or not! Why is there such a liberal view on income in Georgia? The purpose is to safeguard the children, which includes being able to adequately care and provide for them. Take a look at the extensive list from which Georgia derives income in child support cases:
- Salaries and hourly wages
- Commissions, fees and tips
- Overtime pay
- Severance pay
- Pensions and retirement plans
- Interest income
- Government benefits
- Alimony from ex-spouses