Modification Of Child Support
Child support in Georgia is based on an “income shares” model, which holds both parents accountable for financially supporting their children. Each party’s income and ability to earn is considered in the calculation, along with the various expenses parents pay for their children. All of the attorneys at Richardson Bloom & Lines have extensive training and experience in using the child support guidelines effectively to benefit our clients’ most important legacy: their children. There can be various reasons for the modification of child support, most common being the change in the income of the either parents or an increase in the child’s need.
In order to properly calculate child support, you will need to gather and bring to your attorney all the information you have about your income, your spouse’s income, income from investments, such as regular interest and dividend payments, the cost of child care, the cost of the children’s private school tuition, if the children are not in public school, the cost of the health insurance premium that covers the children, and the cost of the children’s extra-curricular activities. If you have a child with special needs, you will need to gather any special expenses related to those special needs, such as tutors, therapy, medical expenses, and the like. That information will help your attorney prepare an accurate child support worksheet to determine the appropriate amount of child support that should be awarded, and help determine whether any deviations from the presumptive amount of child support would be appropriate.