Smyrna Child Support Attorneys
Part of your responsibility as a parent is the financial support of your child. During the divorce, the welfare of your child often involves long and complicated discussion with the other party. Settlements during negotiations require careful attention especially to protect you and your child’s best interests.
While the computation of child support is complicated and unique in every case, the court ensures that both parents fulfill their financial responsibilities to their child. During this part of the divorce process, you will need complete legal knowledge and the expert support of legal counsel.
Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. understands that you have the best interest of your child in mind. We will help you understand the intricacies of child support during the divorce. We can help ensure that your support responsibility is reasonable and fair with special consideration to your capacity to pay and the needs of your child.
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Child Support Guidelines
Georgia law states that it is the responsibility of both parents to make sure that they provide for the education, protection, and maintenance of their minor children. It protects the child and ensures that the parents will continue to meet their individual responsibilities.
Child support is directly linked to child custody. Typically, the non-custodial parent pays the agreed amount for child support to the custodial parent. The latter refers to the parent with physical custody of the child more than 50% of the time. The Child Support Process begins with an online or personal application to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Support Services. The legal experts at Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. will assist you in making arrangements in collecting arrearages or back payments.
The court will base the amount of support for the child using “income-sharing.” The child support amount that each parent will have to pay is based on both parents’ joint income, minus any deductions. The Georgia court will look into salary, trust income, tips, commissions, interests, and other sources of a parent’s income. Even if one or both receives unemployment benefits, Social Security payments, disability benefits, or worker’s compensation payments, child support still has to be paid.
Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. understands that you need to take care of your child according to fair computation based on your income. We will guide and prepare you through the entire divorce and child support process, so you will know what to expect at each step. Starting your life’s new chapter should begin as worry-free as possible.
Georgia Child Support Calculations
Computing child support is a complicated matter. As such, the state of Georgia has developed its Child Support Calculator for you to determine how much you will have to pay. However, this computation only serves as a general guideline for determining the presumptive child support amount which refers to the total child support obligation that also includes work-related and health insurance childcare costs.
It is often difficult to fully understand the statute governing Child Support in Georgia. The “legalese” can often confuse anyone. Our dedicated lawyers at Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. can help you sift through each law so you can fully understand what is expected of you. Typically, the process of computing child support goes through several general steps:
- Determining the monthly gross income of the custodial and non-custodial parent.
- Adjusting each parent’s monthly gross income through the deduction of the following:
- Half of the self-employment taxes
- Pre-existing orders
- If allowed by the court, theoretical child support order for qualified child/children
- Combining the adjusted income of both parents.
- Referring to the Child Support Obligation Table and locating the closest figure to the combined adjusted income. The table will outline the amount of basic child support obligation of each parent.
- Calculating the pro rata per percentage of child support obligation of each parent by dividing the combined adjusted income.
- Determining the adjusted child support amount by adding the expense of work-related child care and health insurance.
- Calculating the amount of child support obligations of the custodial and non-custodial parent by deducting or assigning credit for actual payments made for health insurance and work-related child care from the child support obligation.
Deviations can be added or subtracted from the presumptive amount of child support with the application of the best interest of the child standard. Deviations may include, but not limited to:
- High income of both parents (combined income is $30,000 a month)
- Low income of the non-custodial parent ($1,850 or less a month)
- Life insurance where the child is a named beneficiary.
- Health-related insurance
- Tax credit
- Travel expenses and bills
- Expenses due to education and other medical conditions
- Parenting time
Child support is statutory in the state of Georgia and should be paid until the child turns 18 years of age unless otherwise stated by the court.
With the help of your family law attorneys at Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C., you do not have to worry about determining the child support payments. Our experience and knowledge in the child support and divorce process will provide you with the necessary information and computation, so you will know how much you are expected to pay. Moreover, our dedicated legal counsel will take the time to explain each and every step during the divorce process or father’s rights process, including the calculation of the child support to ensure that it is fair and aligns with your income capacity.
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Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. is your legal support whether you are already filing for divorce or you are still deciding. We have the experience and the resources that you need during the entire legal process. Legal information is your key to painless and smooth divorce process between you and your spouse. Our Smyrna Family Law Attorneys provide free consultations!
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