In almost every case that involves children, child support will be ordered by the court. Being an often emotionally charged topic, it’s vital to know as much as you can about child support laws in Georgia and to have an experienced attorney by your side when you walk into a courtroom or mediation. At The Law office of Lydia J. Sartain, we support our clients with experience, compassion and reason.
In family law, child support is an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for provisions for a child’s well being following the end of a relationship. Both parents should share responsibility for the economic support of their child. Judges calculate child support in Georgia based upon two main considerations: a child’s needs and a party’s ability to pay. However, there are additional factors that contribute to the final calculation.
Child support is rarely a fixed number for the entirety of childhood. As the above factors change, child support payments can and should change as well–but this does not happen automatically. Either parent can ask for a child support modification.
Divorce is the most common family law matter we encounter. We help our clients understand their options and show them that this process doesn’t have to be painful or prohibitively expensive.
Mediation is one way of resolving your case amicably and without the unpredictability and cost of going to court. Lydia is an expert mediator, so whether she’s mediating your case with your attorney or representing you, your case is in good hands.
Child custody matters encompass legal and physical custody. Legal custody involves each parent’s right to make major decisions regarding a child’s welfare. Physical custody involves how much time a child will spend with each parent. We work closely with you and your family to determine what is in your child’s best interest.
In Georgia, child support is calculated by taking into account a child’s needs and a party’s ability to pay. Though it sounds straightforward, the process becomes more complex when you factor in insurance, child care, education, and so forth. We work to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Modification of child support or parenting plans often occurs as children age. It’s important to have excellent representation by your side in cases where either you or your ex-spouse are in contempt of an agreement, whether willfully or due to circumstances beyond your control.
A Temporary Protective Order (TPO) is what most people refer to as a restraining order. A TPO is a formal court order that may be granted to a person to protect them, and their children, from the real or perceived threat of physical violence, harassment or other harm.
Alimony, or spousal support, may be awarded based either on an agreement between the couple or a decision by the court itself. This is separate from the division of marital property and is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Georgia divorce laws give both spouses an equitable interest in all property acquired during the couple’s marriage. The general rule is that all property acquired during the course of the marriage, regardless of title, is marital property and subject to equitable division.
A prenuptial agreement is signed before two people are married and a postnuptial agreement is signed after. They often address factors like spousal support, asset division, and retirement benefits. If you have questions about either, it’s crucial to discuss them with an attorney who can explain your rights and your options.
It’s natural to have questions about this process and what it means for you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our offices and set up a free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you and providing some peace of mind.