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New child support guidelines

Effective January 1, 2007, Georgia’s traditional child support guidelines changed significantly. Whereas the former child support law only considered the income of the parent obligated to pay child support, the new law takes into account the income of both parents in determining the child support obligation.

In Georgia, required child support is set by formulas within the statute. The level of support depends primarily on the adjusted incomes of the parents, though other factors can also affect the amount.
The Law Firm of Stacy Snyder Garguilo, P.C. has extensive experience in all aspects of child support. We advise and represent clients in matters involving:

Call us at 770-427-6050 to arrange for a consultation. A lawyer at our firm can discuss the factors which affect your situation and the ways in which we may be able to help you achieve your child support goal.

If you are going through a divorce in Georgia, the new guidelines will be used to determine how much child support you will pay or receive. If you are currently paying or receiving child support, you may be entitled to a modification of your support order based on the new guidelines.

Pursuant to the recent changes in Georgia's child support guidelines, child support is calculated using an income shares model. This model establishes a total child support obligation for both parents based on the total gross income of both parents. The obligations of each parent is then prorated in relation to their respective incomes.

Factors such as the cost of health insurance for the children, work related child care, extraordinary health care and educational expenses, and extracurricular activities are also taken into account in the income shares model.

Even this new method of determining child support may not reflect the true financial needs of a child. The court may deviate from this model in special circumstances that require additional resources.

The following is an example of five basic steps that are the most common basic potential scenarios that one would encounter in attempting to calculate child support under the new guidelines. Hopefully, it will help to explain the process further:

Step 1: Gross Income

Step 2: Combined Adjusted Income

Step 3: Basic Child Support Obligation as provided by the table

Step 4: Pro Rata Division

Step 5: Presumptive amount of Child Support

Please be aware that this is for educational purposes only, meant simply to begin to familiarize you with Georgia’s new child support law. This example does not account for many of the other factors that can be considered, such as preexisting child support obligations, whether a parent is self-employed, other children in a parent’s home, extraordinary educational and medical expenses, and extracurricular activities.

If you would like additional information about the new child support guidelines and how these can affect your family, please call Stacy Garguilo today at (770) 427-6050 or fill out our simple contact form. Our office is conveniently located near Interstate 75 and Windy Hill in the Atlanta/Marietta area.