The core mission of many family law matters is determining what is best for the children involved. In addition to determining where the child will live, and which parent will make decisions concerning their future, the court will also require that a non-custodial parent make child support payments to the custodial parent.
In fact, non-custodial parent is generally obligated to provide monetary support to the custodial parent. These funds are to be used for food, clothing, shelter, and the other direct and indirect general needs of the child. The courts use a mathematical equation to determine the amount of support to be paid. Still, disputes over child support are common. A family law attorney helps those seeking to create or enforce a child support order. In addition, an experienced family attorney will help settle accusations of not providing adequate support or help modify an existing order if circumstances change after the initial child support award.
DETERMINING CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS
The amount of child support that a non-custodial parent is obligated to pay is governed by Georgia law. Specifically, O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15 provides for how child support will be determined, including the information used for the calculation and other factors to consider based on the facts of the case.
Once a court obtains the basic financial information for the parents, it will use the child support worksheet to determine the amount of support. That amount may vary depending on specific factors, such as who maintains the health insurance for the child or if any work-related childcare is needed. An experienced family law attorney will help parents determine an appropriate child support amount.