Thursday, October 15, 2015

How do I calculate Child Support?

Georgia, like most states, uses a child support calculator which is based on each parents gross income.  Gross income is the full paycheck without deductions for taxes and insurance.   The child support calculator adds together the parents income to determine the family income, then determines what percentage each parent contributes.

For example, if the Husband makes $3,000.00 per month and the wife makes $6,000.00 per month, the family income would be $9,000.00.    Wife would make 2/3rds of the family income and Husband would earn 1/3rd of the family income.  The Georgia legislature determines how much a family should spend on a child based on the family income.   A family that makes $9,000.00 is presumed to spend $1,150.00 per month on one child.   If Wife gets primary custody, then Husband would pay 1/3rd of this amount, or $383.00, per month as child support.  If Husband gets primary custody, then Wife would pay 2/3rds of this amount, or $767.00.

The calculator has a great deal of flexibility based on numerous factors.  It is recommended that you consult a family law practitioner to make sure the child support is accurate.  The most important deviation  used by the Court is for daycare expenses and after school expenses.  In our proposal above, if afterschool costs $80.00 a week, there would be an additional cost of $344.00.  This cost would be split based on the same ratio.  Husband would pay 1/3rd of the daycare in addition to the basic child support, and Wife would pay 2/3rds.

You can access the child support calculator here.  Georgia Child Support Calculator

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