- by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Knowing all the ins and outs of Georgia child support and custody laws is difficult to remember during an emotional time like divorce. To help, we have put together a short list of important child custody and child support facts to keep in mind during and after divorce.
- The judge has final decision over how child custody is awarded. (If a child is over the age of 14 he/she may select which parent they would like to live with.)
Factors that help determine child custody include:
- Each parents ability to be a suitable custodian
- Safety of the child
- Psychological, emotional and developmental needs of the child
- Prior care each parent has given to the child
- History of substance abuse
- There are four types of child custody: joint custody, joint legal custody, joint physical custody, and sole custody (You should further discuss each type with your attorney)
- Georgia uses a child support obligation table to determine child support awarded
- Both parents are legally required to support their child until the age of 18
- Child support may be modified if there have been significant financial changes since the child support was issued. (Discuss this option with your divorce attorney as every case is different)
- If you are not receiving child support payments from your ex you have a right to file a Motion for Contempt against the offending party to rectify the situation.
If you are going through a child custody/child support hearing it is important to speak to your family law attorney to figure out the best outcome for your case and to fully understand your rights.