Child Support in Custody Cases
Under Georgia law, both parents are responsible for meeting the financial needs of a child. Regardless of whether parents are divorced or have never been married, the law’s reach regarding child support is broad. A child support arrangement can be made either through mediation or by a judge or jury in a court setting.
Georgia’s Shared-Income Model
Child support in Georgia is not determined based on custody. Instead, our state’s child support standards fall under the shared-income model, which mandates that the amount of money each parent is responsible to pay is based on the amount of money that parent brings home each month.
For example, if the father makes $4,000 a month and the mother makes $6,000 a month, the father will be responsible for 40% of the financial needs of the child or children and the mother will be responsible for 60%.
The court will also take into consideration other expenses associated with each child, including:
- Daycare costs
- Medical expenses
- Extracurricular activities
In addition, the court will examine any extenuating financial circumstances each parent may have, including self-employment costs and taxes as well as financial obligations to another child or children.