Child support is an important aspect of most family law cases in the State of Georgia, whether it is a divorce, legitimation, paternity or even a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) action. Child support actions can also be pursued as a stand-alone issue by the Child Support Office of the Department of Human Services (DHS) on behalf of the custodial parent or guardian of the minor. Not only does DHS have the authority to pursue child support against the non-custodial parent, they are also authorized to suspend your license, put you in jail, garnish your wages and intercept your tax refund.
The Courts have little discretion in determining the child support amount. The amount is determined by the Georgia child support calculator based on each parent’s gross income. Other items that may be factored into the child support worksheets are childcare expenses, medical insurance costs, dental and vision insurance expenses, extra-curricular activity expenses, etc. Therefore, the more expenses paid by the non-custodial parent, the higher the child support amount will be, unless one or more deviations apply to lower the amount.
Attorney Alfred is intricately familiar with the child support laws in the state of Georgia and can assist you in ensuring that you are ordered to pay or receive the correct amount of child support. If you are the defendant in a DHS child support case or if you are pursuing or defending a child support action in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Cherokee, Paulding, Bartow, Clayton, Douglas, Floyd, Newton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Polk, Carroll or Henry county, please give us a call today at 404-494-0027 to discuss your case.