Cumming, Georgia Divorce Attorneys Provide Child Support Solutions
Reliable legal assistance protects your financial interests
If you are a parent contemplating divorce, the issue of child custody may be weighing heavily on your mind. Whether you anticipate making or receiving support payments, you need a fair resolution to secure your financial future. At Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP, our divorce attorneys know how to advocate for a support order that truly reflects a couple’s financial circumstances. We use the discovery process to compel a fair disclosure of all income and assets, so the court can apply accurate date to the state guidelines. If there are special circumstances that require additional consideration, we make your case to the court in clear, convincing terms.
How Georgia calculates child support orders
Georgia child support laws are gender-neutral, so the court can order either a father or mother to pay, based on the relative amount of time the parent has custody. The Georgia Child Support Commission is tasked with establishing and regularly reviewing the state’s child support guidelines, which are the basis for the Georgia Child Support Calculator that every court must use. The calculator employs an “income shares” model. Judges input the amount of both parents’ total gross income from all sources and get a presumptive amount the couple should spend per month on a child. From there, the judge assigns a proportional amount the noncustodial parent must pay. However, various factors, such as which parent pays for the child’s health insurance, allow the judge to deviate from the amount dictated by the guidelines. An experienced divorce lawyer knows how to present evidence that advances your goals in child support litigation.
Noncustodial parents are obliged to pay until the child reaches the age of majority, dies or is emancipated. If a child is attending secondary school beyond his 18th birthday, the court can extend child support to the age of 20.
Modifying a child support order in Forsyth County
An obligor parent or a recipient parent can petition the court to modify the support order based on a substantial change in circumstances. Such circumstances could include a parent’s serious illness, prolonged unemployment, or an increase in the child’s expenses due to some special need. Parents can negotiate a new support agreement between themselves, but they should consult a family law attorney to get that agreement approved in court. Until that’s done, the old agreement stays in effect and remains legally enforceable.
Contact our Cumming, GA divorce lawyers for child support litigation
Our experienced divorce attorneys can help you obtain a realistic child support order that reflects your needs and economic situation. Call Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP at 470-839-9467 or contact us online for reliable, compassionate assistance. We look forward to assisting with your case.