For many people, child support payments are necessary to help raise their family and give their children an adequate standard of living. In some cases, though, obtaining child support, or the proper amount of support, is challenging and requires legal action.
A qualified Fulton County child support lawyer can assist you in getting the support payments you and your family need. A skilled attorney can review your situation and any previous court proceedings or court orders. Then, we could advise you on how best to proceed and file any court petitions or paperwork necessary to pursue child support on your behalf. Our goal is to help you and your children get the financial support you deserve.
As part of divorce proceedings, a Georgia court may decide whether to award child support, as well as the amount of support. Additionally, under Official Code of Georgia Annotated §19-6-17, a parent may apply for child support after a court awards them custody of their child. A local lawyer can provide additional information on when and how to petition for child support payments.
Under O.C.G.A. §19-6-15, courts determine child support payments by first ascertaining the income levels of each parent and calculating a total combined income. This combined income correlates with a specific minimum child support obligation, according to tables provided in that same statute.
However, a court may adjust the specific amount of child support based on the circumstances of each case, which may include any of the following:
For example, if the parent paying child support lives out of state, a Court may award a travel deviation due to the travel expenses incurred to have that parenting time. Those who need advice on how a court may determine their amount of child support should contact an attorney.
Court orders granting child support may also include provisions for certain types of insurance. For example, under O.C.G.A. §19-6-29, a court may inquire into the availability of accident and sickness insurance coverage for a child. If such coverage is reasonably available, the court may decree that the parent responsible for paying child support must also pay for accident and sickness insurance.
Similarly, a court may order that either or both parents maintain life insurance coverage for the benefit of their children, according to O.C.G.A. §19-6-34. The court will also generally review the amount of any insurance premium to ensure that it is reasonable and that it furthers the best interests of the child. However, a court will usually not require that the parents maintain life insurance after their child reaches the age of majority. For more information, schedule a consultation with a Fulton County child support attorney.
If an individual is responsible for paying child support and is past due for 60 days or more, a court has the power to suspend their business, professional, or trade license, according to O.C.G.A. §19-6-28.1. Such licenses may include legal licenses, medical licenses, plumber’s licenses, and the like. A court may also suspend the parent’s driver’s license or deny the issuance or renewal of a license or vehicle registration.
Child support payments can vary widely from case to case. In some situations, parents do not have the child support they need to raise their children. Obtaining such support, however, may require legal petitions or filings.
If you are in such a situation, consider getting in touch with a Fulton County child support lawyer. Our team could assist you in filing any legal paperwork you need. We could also work with you to obtain the amount of child support you need and represent you in court to help protect your rights and those of your family. Call now to schedule an initial meeting with our intake team.