Do not allow your children to suffer hardship just because your marriage ended. Supporting the children from a dissolved marriage is a financial obligation most parents undertake willingly. Still, child support is one of the most complex and emotionally trying areas of divorce law. At Perrotta & Cahn, Attorneys at Law, our divorce lawyers represent your rights while keeping a focus on the well-being of your children. With offices in Cartersville, Calhoun and Dalton, we serve clients throughout north Georgia.
How Should I File For Child Support?
Any divorce attorney should have extensive familiarity with child support filings. At Perrotta & Cahn, we've filed thousands of child support cases since beginning practice in 1984. Your divorce attorney can file a request for child support as part of the overall divorce process. Child support obligations result from either a divorce or a paternity action. Though we don't recommend it, if you are filing for child support without the benefit of legal counsel, here are the steps to follow:
- Familiarize yourself with Georgia's child support guidelines. Find them on the Web.
- Estimate the amount of support you may be entitled to receive using the Georgia Child Support Calculator, also found online.
- Apply for Georgia child support online through the Division of Child Support Services website. Alternatively, you can print the application and file it by mail.
How Do I Calculate What My Child Support Payments Should Be?
Georgia law applies the total monthly income of both parents to the basic child support calculation. From that starting point, deductions occur for various expenses to arrive at an amount used to compute child support payments. From there, a percentage is applied that varies according to the number of children involved in the support agreement. This is a complex area of family law. You can find the Child Support Calculator (an Excel spreadsheet template) online.
The Art Of Negotiating What's Best For All Concerned
Computing child support is only part math. The other part is the art of negotiation. A divorce involves many moving parts: alimony, spousal maintenance, visitation, geographic residence, child support and other issues. If you need a family law attorney, call Perrotta & Cahn at 678-792-4816 to be sure that all the balls in the air land exactly where they should. Or complete our online Contact Us form.