There is no doubt that divorce is complicated. To make matters more complex, the added component of a child, or children, to the legal mix is typically what makes a relatively basic case quite convoluted and take substantially longer. While the reasoning is obvious, it's important to understand that once your case is resolved, the implications of child custody and following child support laws are instrumental in your family’s long-term responsibilities. Whether you are receiving the support or paying, the well-being of your child depends on the court appointed responsibility of following the law. Knowing Georgia child support enforcement basics will keep both parties on the same page and ensure a consistent program.
It would seem that child support is based on an obvious principle: it is the child's biological father who is the one to pays child support. However, mothers go to DCSS (Division of Child Support Services) offices on a daily basis to establish child support against a Defendant who may or may not be the father at all. This is sometimes due to a mother mistaking or misleading who the biological father is and sometimes this is due to the error of Child Support Services.
The State of Georgia has specific guidelines to determine child support and until January 1, 2007, child support calculation was based solely upon the income of the non-custodial parent. When the law changed on January 1st, Georgia moved to an “income shares” model for calculating child support. The income shares model offers the perception of fairness, reflect actual expenditures on families, and complies with the new federal rules on health care.
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