There are three (3) types of custody arrangements in Georgia: sole custody, joint legal custody and joint physical custody.
Child support is determined on a case by case basis. The income of both parents is considered, and certain expenses of the child or children can be considered and designated as a deviation on the child support worksheet. The calculation of child support can be complex.
Our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience to guide you through this process. We are able to guide you through the best custodial arrangements for your situation, determine whether you or your spouse meet the residency requirement, and assist you in determining the child support obligations of you and/or your spouse.
In Georgia, both parents can be required to support their children until a child reaches the age of 20 years, dies, graduates from high school, marries, is emancipated or joins the military, whichever event occurs first.
The non-custodial parent will be required to pay a reasonable amount of child support to the custodial parent towards 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. Georgia’s new child support guidelines went into effect on January 1, 2007. Now the income of both parents is considered to determine child support obligations. In addition to the combined income, the new guidelines consider other expenses, such as work related child care costs and health insurance.