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Child Support

HELPING YOU UNDERSTAND CHILD SUPPORT

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.

HOW CHILD
SUPPORT WORKS

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.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

  • Each party’s gross monthly income
  • Each party’s variable income
  • Child care expenses
  • Health insurance expenses, including dental and orthodontics
  • The number of joint children and any non-joint children
  • Educational expenses
  • Parent’s circumstances, such as job loss or incarceration

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.

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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.

Lydia J Sartain Attorney at Law
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