The process of establishing child support payments often causes anxiety for parents going through the divorce process or paternity suits. Most parents want to pay reasonable child support if they do not have primary custody of their children, but often worry about the impact of excessive and financially crippling payments. Others who anticipate being awarded primary custody worry they will not be able to support the child at the appropriate level.
The lawyers at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor understand the new child support guidelines and will guide you through the legal process of determining, modifying, or appealing child support payments. Lawyer Mary Stearns-Montgomery has given several seminars on the new guidelines to other family law attorneys in Georgia, and serves on a subcommittee of the Georgia Child Support Guidelines Commission.
Child Support Guidelines
In 2007, Georgia's child support guidelines changed significantly. Where previously only the income of the parent paying support was ostensibly considered, the new law takes into account the combined income of both parents, along with the number of children to be supported, in determining the child support obligation. Click here for more information about the new guidelines, including an educational example of how child support is calculated.
A child support obligation 'table" is now used to determine how much child support will be paid or received. With a more rigid structure, it is very important that courts have accurate information regarding each spouses income and earning potential when calculating that spouses ability to pay child support payments.
Please note that if you are currently paying or receiving child support, you may be entitled to a modification of your support order based on a financial change in circumstances where, under the new guidelines, the amount you could be paying is substantially different.
Feeling confused or intimidated by all the number crunching? Wondering whether your case qualifies for a modification?
We can help. Our attorneys have been thoroughly trained in implementing this new law and are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you like additional information about the new guidelines and how these can affect your family, please call Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor today at (678) 905-8492 or fill out our simple contact form to set up an appointment or to get additional information. Our office hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with evening appointments available by request. We accept all major credit cards.
With three strategically located offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, and Marietta, we act as advocates for families throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, including clients in Atlanta, Marietta, Alpharetta, Buckhead, Canton, Cumming, Dallas, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.
Learn More About Child Support in Georgia
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