Child Custody

If children are part of the divorce, child custody can be one of the most complex and contested issues you will face. Working out a parenting agreement that covers child custody and visitation can be difficult, especially when there is animosity and high emotions between the spouses. Georgia applies a "best interests of the child" standard when determining custody. Neither parent is automatically entitled to custody. The judge will consider many factors when deciding custody and will often make decisions that encourage parents to share custody due to the important role that both parents play in the lives of their children. However, all decisions regarding child custody must be in the best interest of the child.

Going to court for anything can be emotionally draining, but for issues involving your child, it can be extremely difficult to keep calm and ensure that you cover everything you need to tell the judge. With an experienced family law attorney advocating for your parental rights, you are more likely to get the custody and visitation agreement you and your child want. Contact us at (706) 504-9088 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Child Support

Child support can be a stressful and contentious topic for divorcing parents. In Georgia, both parents have a responsibility to provide for their minor children's welfare until that child turns 18, marries, dies, or becomes emancipated, whichever occurs first. Child support is a way to ensure that both parents continue to meet this responsibility after divorce or the end of their relationship. Obtaining child support is not an easy task. Hiring an experienced family law attorney can relieve some of the stress of obtaining a child support order and guide you to ensure your child's welfare.  Contact us at (706) 504-9088 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Calculating Child Support

Child support is calculated by considering both parent's gross income. Gross income has a broad definition and encompasses salary and income from any other source. Once the monthly gross income for each parent is determined, the two incomes are added together to get a combined adjusted income amount. A Child Support Obligation Table is then used to get the basic child support obligation. That basic child support obligation is then applied to each parent's proportionate share of the combined adjusted income. The costs of medical insurance and work-related childcare will modify the amount of child support by providing credit for those costs to the parent who is actually paying those expenses. In addition, the court may deviate from the child support amounts for extraordinary educational, medical, or special expenses for extracurricular activities, summer camps, or any other appropriate deviation. The court will also designate what percentage each parent will pay for the child's uncovered medical and dental expenses.