Children are a sensitive subject when it comes to divorces. Divorcing parents will go to any length to protect a child and preserve his or her standard of living. Legally speaking, the State of Georgia holds both parents financially responsible for their children until they graduate high school, turn 20, marry, join the armed forces, die, or are emancipated.
In a typical arrangement, the child is sent to live with one parent while the other parent contributes child support to help with expenses, such as food, housing, clothing, tuition, insurance, medical care, and school supplies. Typically, the non-custodial parent is also granted visitation rights.
Child Support Laws and Rates
Georgia's child support laws allow the courts a lot of leeway in determining the amount and length of time of a child support obligation. The court considers several factors before making a decision about who pays child support, how much, and for how long:
- Parental income
- Cost of living in the child's area of primary residence
- How many children you have
Georgia’s child support laws and regulations are always changing. If you and your spouse are getting a divorce and you wish to protect your children, please contact the experienced Georgia child support lawyers at Miles Patterson Hansford Tallant, LLC today.
We will seek healthy, suitable terms of child support that are in the best interest of your children. If you and your estranged husband or wife can negotiate your own child support payment arrangements, the court will likely favor it. Your child support attorney will act as a mediator for the negotiations, ensuring the terms are fair and your children are protected.
At the family law firm of Miles Patterson Hansford Tallant, LLC, we also represent unmarried parents of children, and we take paternity cases.
Child Support Attorney
If your job or financial situation experience significant changes or your child is in need of more financial support (due to illness or a significant rise in expenses, for example), you may petition the court for a modification of your existing child support arrangements. The child support modification attorneys at Miles Patterson Hansford Tallant, LLC represent mothers and fathers who need to adjust the terms of their post-divorce child support agreements.
When it comes to child custody, our coverage is also comprehensive. We represent men and women in joint custody, sole custody, visitation, mediation, grandparents’ visitation, and modification proceedings.
Types of Child Custody
This legal term refers to whom the child lives with for a majority of the time.
This term designates the decision-maker(s) in the child’s life—the person or persons who determine the direction of the child’s upbringing, including education, religious affiliation, cultural affiliations, and health care decisions.
When you consult Miles Patterson Hansford Tallant, LLC, we will meet with you personally, assess your situation, give you an honest evaluation of your case, educate you on your rights, and advise you as to which options will work best for you and your child.
There are several ways divorcing parents can resolve custody disputes and work out an agreeable and beneficial parenting plan. The Georgia court system supports the amicable resolutions that are often reached via mediation or arbitration. The philosophy behind this is that no one - including a judge who becomes acquainted with your family in less than an hour - can make better decisions about a child's future than his or her parents.
If you have any concern about child support, please contact our Cumming, GA family law firm as soon as possible. We're here to walk you through the process step by step and hold your spouse responsible for his or her portion of child support. Please call us at (770) 781-4100 today or access our simple contact form here.