What are child support obligations?
In Georgia, both parties are required to support their children until a child reaches 18, graduates from high school not to exceed age 20, dies, marries, or joins the military, whichever event occurs first.
The non-custodial parent will be required to pay a reasonable amount of support to the custodial parent toward the child’s living expenses. The system we use is called income shares.
Child support, may also include such items as health insurance and payment of medical and dental expenses.
Child Support worksheets establish an amount of child support as a pro rata share of gross income of both parents, based upon the number of children.
The court can deviate from the guidelines in allocating child support based on factors that can include the ages of the children, day care costs, education costs, amount of debt, and obligations to another household.