The purpose of child support is to provide for the child’s financial interests as if the parents were still together using combined resources. Child support is calculated using the Child Support Worksheet provided by the Georgia Courts to determine the appropriate child support amount. When the figure does not accurately reflect a parent’s ability to pay or does not protect the best interest of the child, a judge may change the amount based on the situation.
Child support will last until the child turns 18 years of age most of the time; however, it can last until the child is 20 years old. College education is not covered by child support, but can be agreed to in a separate settlement agreement. There are penalties and legal remedies when one party fails to pay his or her share of the child support. KIM & PARK has helped clients whose spouse has stopped paying support through the different avenues of relief.