As Augusta, Georgia divorce attorneys, we frequently receive telephone calls at the Goolsby Law Firm, LLC, about the topic of child support. (Our divorce lawyers--father and son--offer free initial consultations in Georgia divorce cases). Many of the callers have good questions about how much child support they can expect to receive, following their divorce, and how the child support is calculated. Here are a few tips about child support in Georgia:
1. First of all, it is important to understand that Georgia no longer simply bases child support on the income of the non-custodial parent. Instead, a few years ago, Georgia elected to go to and utilize the current child support guidelines, which take both parents' incomes into account. If one of the parents is unemployed, sometimes, the judge will impute minimum wage to that parent in making the calculation.
2. Second, while it is possible for anyone to figure out for themselves how to work through the child support guidelines, in many divorce cases, the guidelines can be complicated, or difficult, to follow. As a result, we recommend that you retain your own divorce lawyer to help you with child support issues, along with all other issues in your divorce.
There--that's my practical divorce tips of the day! Maybe, next, we can find some more interesting news about celebrity divorces, or perhaps a divorce joke! Have a great week!