The Wise Law Firm is committed to ensuring Georgia's children are appropriately supported by both parents after a divorce or separation. Adequate child support is required by Georgia law for a parent's minor children and is usually in the form of financial support. In January 2007, Georgia changed from only considering the income of the parent obligated to pay child support to an "income sharing child support model," which takes into account the income of both parents. In drafting this new law, the Georgia legislature created a new child support obligation table, which determines the basic child support obligation based on the combined monthly income of both parents and the number of children to be supported. The amount from this chart is presumed to be the appropriate amount of child support to be provided by both parents prior to considering other facts such as health insurance, work-related day care, and certain extraordinary expenses that may apply in certain cases (medical, educational, extra-curricular activities, etc.). Then, the amount of child support to be paid by each parent is prorated based on each parent's individual income.
Child support is required to support a child until the child reaches the age of 18, dies, graduates from high school, marries, emancipates or joins the military, however, support can be extended past the age of 18, such as the case of a child who is still in high school (up to the age of 20). It is extremely important that you seek experienced counsel to make sure that you and your child (children) are protected under Georgia law.
The Wise Law Firm serves families and individuals in the following Metro Atlanta counties: Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Paulding.