How To Use Your Parenting Plan for The Holidays

    We are going into the most wonderful time of the year; the holidays! As exciting as it can be, this can also be a very confusing and uncertain time for parents who are following a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a child custody plan developed by the...

WILL MY CHILD SUPPORT AMOUNT AUTOMATICALLY DECREASE WHEN THE OLDEST CHILD BECOMES 18 OR GRADUATES HIGH SCHOOL?

One of the most common questions potential clients have regarding child support is whether the amount will decrease once their oldest child becomes 18 or graduates from high school. It is a common misconception that child support in Georgia is calculated based upon a...

WILL I STILL PAY CHILD SUPPORT IF MY CHILD RECEIVES SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ON MY ACCOUNT?

Some divorce clients who are also disabled have minor children who receive social security benefits on their account. These clients often question whether their children’s receipt of benefits on their account will suffice as child support. Under the current...

DOES MY SPOUSE GET CREDIT ON THE CHILD SUPPORT WORKSHEET FOR USING A NANNY OR BABYSITTER?

Clients often contact our firm with questions of whether the use of a nanny or babysitter must be taken into consideration when calculating child support. Some clients are concerned that their spouses are attempting to receive credit for free child care and/or child...

WILL I BE ABLE TO GET CHILD SUPPORT IF MY SPOUSE IS UNEMPLOYED?

In determining child support under Georgia law, a parent’s unemployment alone does not absolve him or her of the obligation to pay child support. Courts look to what they consider reliable evidence of a parent’s ability to earn income, such as tax returns...

What Mothers Need To Know About Child Support and Child Custody

The issues that come up during divorce proceedings are often times complex in nature. To add to this point, depending on the party, each one will have it’s own set of unique considerations to keep in mind as they work their way through the pitfalls of the legal...

When Can Alimony Be Modified or Terminated?

Depending on a number of circumstances a Court may order a spouse to make either permanent or temporary payments to the other spouse at the conclusion of the divorce proceedings. This is known as alimony and is a court ordered financial obligation that must be paid or...

WHEN DOES CHILD SUPPORT END IN GEORGIA?

Under Georgia law, child support terminates under the following circumstances: Once the child reaches the age of majority (currently age 18), unless the provision provides for child support to continue as long as the child is enrolled in secondary school up to age 20;...

CAN I MAKE AN OUT-OF-COURT AGREEMENT WITH MY EX-SPOUSE TO WAIVE CHILD SUPPORT OR REDUCE IT?

After a final judgment and decree of divorce that establishes child support has been entered, ex-spouses may wonder if they are allowed to establish their own private agreements outside of court modifying the child support obligation. Under Georgia law, such private...