Georgia Divorce Child Support
Under Georgia law, both parents are responsible for the financial support of their children. In the case of a divorce, the arranging of child support will be determined either through mediation or by a judge or jury.
How Is Child Support Determined?
Georgia, like most other states, uses a shared-income model for determining child support. This means that the amount of child support each parent pays is based on the total amount of monthly income brought in and the percentage of that total made by each parent.
For example, if parent A makes $4,000 per month and parent B makes $6,000, then parent A will be responsible for 40% of the children’s financial needs while parent B will be responsible for 60%.
Aside from the parents’ monthly incomes, the court will also consider any specific financial needs of the children such as tuition, medical care, daycare expenses or extracurricular activities.
When determining each parent’s financial responsibility, the court may also consider extenuating financial circumstances, such as obligations to another child or certain self-employment costs and taxes.