Atlanta Child Support Attorney
How are the children cared for financially?
You want your children to be cared for and provided for, no matter what. Whether you are the parent being asked to pay child support or the parent who will be receiving support for the child, you want to know that the amount arrived at is fair and that the needs of your child will adequately be met.
The Atlanta child support attorneys at Kaye, Lembeck, Hitt & French Family Law represent mothers and fathers, payors and payees, custodial and noncustodial parents, in matters related to child support. If you are going through a divorce, child custody dispute, paternity or legitimation proceeding in Atlanta, let us help ensure that you are treated fairly and that your children receive the support they need and are entitled to under Georgia family law. If it matters to you, it matters to us.
It Starts with the Georgia Child Support Guidelines
Georgia has a formula for determining child support called the Georgia Child Support Guidelines. The Child Support Guidelines combine the incomes of both parents, as well as child care costs and insurance costs to determine a presumptive amount of child support. That amount can be adjusted up or down through negotiation as well as deviation by the Court.
Georgia child support law lists a number of different reasons why a judge might order a child support payment that is different from the Guidelines amount. These factors include:
- A parent’s ability to pay
- High income (more than $30,000.00 combined monthly income)
- Low income
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Child tax credits
- Transportation costs related to custody or visitation
- Mortgage payments
- Extraordinary health, education or other expenses for the child
- The division of parenting time
- Other nonspecific deviations in the best interest of the child
We’ll Help Make Sure Income Is Reported Completely and Accurately
The Child Support Guidelines require the parents to disclose all income from any source and lists several sources specifically, including salaries, commissions, tips, self-employment income, bonuses, overtime, severance pay, pension or retirement payments, interest income, dividend income, trust income, annuity income, capital gains, disability benefits, workers’ compensation, unemployment benefits, judgments from personal injury or other civil actions, gifts, prizes, lottery winnings, alimony from a previous relationship, and more.
It is not easy to report all of your income completely and accurately, and it is more difficult to ensure the other party is doing the same. If either parent is self-employed, unemployed or arguably underemployed, or if income comes from unusual sources, disclosing income correctly can be complex. There can also be a situation where a parent is deliberately underreporting income or hiding assets to avoid paying more in child support. Our Atlanta child support attorneys are solution-oriented. We examine the situation to determine how we can work with you to uncovering any mistakes or misconduct. We work with forensic accountants and other experts and professionals as needed to gather the facts.
Fair and Reasonable Child Support in Atlanta Divorce and Child Custody Matters
For help arriving at a fair and reasonable child support payment that meets your children’s needs, call our solution-oriented team of Kaye, Lembeck, Hitt & French Family Law in Atlanta.