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In Georgia, both parents are required to support their children until a child reaches the age of 18, dies, graduates from high school, marries, emancipates or joins the military; however, support can be extended past the age of 18, such as in the case of a child who is still in high school. The noncustodial parent will be required to pay a reasonable amount of child support to the custodial parent toward the child's living expenses. Child support, in addition to a monthly or weekly sum, may also include such items as health insurance and payment of medical and dental expenses. The parties to a divorce action may enter into an agreement settling all questions of child support, instead of contesting the issues before the court. The court may approve the agreement, in whole or part, or refuse to approve it altogether. A decree that provides for child support is enforceable by action for contempt or by execution on property.
You have several remedies that may either be used separately or in conjunction with one another. The remedies include:
If you think any of these issues are important to you, please contact our office to discuss them in more detail with one of our attorneys.
New Georgia Child Support Guidelines went into effect on January 1, 2007. These guidelines take into account the incomes of both parents in determining the child support obligation, as shown in the following example:
Step 1: Gross Income
Step 2: Combined Adjusted Income
Step 3: Basic Child Support Obligation as provided by the table
Step 4: Pro Rata Division
Step 5: Presumptive amount of Child Support
Some factors that may warrant variations in child support include, but are not limited to:
The court cannot order parents to pay for college. However, parents may agree to pay child support beyond the age of 18 or to pay for college expenses.