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At Poydasheff & Sowers, LLC, we provide the attentive, compassionate legal service you and your family need during this difficult time. We have a long history of successfully helping Georgia parents make financial and custodial arrangements that are in their children’s best interest – and we are prepared to do the same for you.
If you are having trouble getting your child’s other parent to contribute financially, our Columbus child support attorneys can help make sure you aren’t left holding the bag. If you are on the opposite end of the equation and feel you are being forced to pay an unfair amount for child support, we can help you ensure your agreement is fair, sustainable, and good for your child. We have been advocating for parents involved in child support disputes or negotiations for more than 60 years, and we are prepared to provide trustworthy legal counsel that will lead you in the right direction.
Call (706) 705-5777 today to speak with a Columbus child support lawyer and schedule your consultation with a member of our team at Poydasheff & Sowers, LLC.
Child Support in Georgia: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I apply for child support?
To begin the process of applying for child support, either you or your child’s other parent must contact the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Child Support Services. Applications are available online, and you may also complete your application in person at a child support office near you.
How does the court determine who gets child support?
In the State of Georgia, courts use a process called “income-sharing” to pinpoint just how much each parent should contribute to the costs of child-rearing. This means the court looks at the gross, annual income of both the mother and father, makes any important deductions, and uses each parent’s income and parenting responsibilities to determine how much each party should contribute.
When assigning specific amounts, Georgia courts will consider factors such as:
- Travel-related costs
- Spousal support (alimony) owed between the parties or to non-parties
- Health and life insurance
- Mortgages, student loans, and/or other significant debts
- Additional expenses such as medical care for serious health issues
- If one parent makes significantly more or less money than the other
- How much time each respective party can spend parenting
Will my non-salary benefits be factored into my “income” for the purposes of calculating child support?
Yes. When calculating your financial contributions to raising your child, the court will factor in non-salary benefits, such as:
- Unemployment checks
- Disability benefits
- Social Security payments
- Workers’ compensation
- Payments from previous judgments in your favor, such as compensation for personal injuries or other civil matters
- Inheritance money
- Residual/passive income
Helping Clients Create Solid Child Support Arrangements
No matter where you are in the process of requesting, applying for, or altering a child support arrangement, we are here to help you make informed decisions going forward. Connect with a member of our Columbus child support lawyer team at Poydasheff & Sowers, LLC today to get started today.
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