Georgia Modification of Child Support
Child support is money that the non-custodial spouse pays to the spouse who has primary custody of the children. The amount is determined based on several factors, including the number of children, the income of each spouse and the needs of the children.
The final decree of child support is issued at the end of a divorce proceeding. While child support guidelines are strict, there may be a way to request a modification if certain circumstances have changed for one or both parents or for the children.
Eligibility for Modification
Either parent can file for child support modification if there has been a significant financial change, such as a salary reduction, job loss or even increased medical or education expenses for the child or children. If the parent receiving child support learns that the other parent has had an increase in salary, he or she may ask for more child support.
Modifications made to a child support agreement out of court are not legally binding and could cause complications in the future. In order to legally change child support payments, a modification action must be filed and the court will enter the new amount. If the former spouses do not agree on a new amount, a judge will determine first whether a modification is warranted and, if so, what the new amount will be.