Although a divorce ends the marital relationship, parents will have an ongoing relationship through their shared responsibility for support of their children. By law, parents are obligated to support their children until each child reaches age 18 (or age 20 if they are still in high school), marries, or becomes emancipated.
The Equation and Deviations
The State of Georgia uses what is known as the “Income Shares Model” to calculate presumptive child support. Child support is determined by an equation that factors in the incomes of both parents and calculates the proportional financial responsibility of each parent. This can be straightforward in many situations, but some circumstances require deviations from the formula.
Significant changes in circumstances after a divorce can sometimes call for changes to the support arrangements that were put in place at the time of the divorce. As children grow their need for financial support may change. Parents may face changes in employment as they change jobs, get promotions, or lose jobs. Personal circumstances may also affect financial situations as parents enter new relationships or move. Changes in custody arrangements can also affect child support agreements. At Stephanie G. Legal we can help you examine your situation, determine the feasibility of modifying your child support order, and understand the potential outcomes of any changes you are contemplating.