The disputes between parties over child custody and visitation issues are often linked to the financial component involved. One parent may fear paying too much in child support and the other parent may be worried about not receiving enough. One parent may use the minor child as a pawn to get back at the other parent. The focus instead should be on the best interest of the children involved.
At Gross & Miller Attorneys at Law, we provide zealous representation of our clients in all family law matters. We represent individuals and families through out the Atlanta metropolitan area. We will help you obtain resolutions that represent you and your child’s best interests.
Child support calculations might seem simple at first — just follow the guidelines. In some cases, the determination is straightforward. For other clients, there are issues to be addressed such as deviations and adjustments on the Child Support Worksheet in order to arrive at the final amount of child support. Our lawyers will work closely with you to prepare and review the Child Support Worksheet with you taking into consideration you and your child’s needs as well as any necessary adjustments or deviations to accurately calculate the final amount of child support.
Atlanta Child Support and Modification Lawyers
We can help you understand what to expect regarding common child support issues including but not limited to:
- How are child support payments determined?
- How long will child support last?
- How to complete a child support worksheet?
- What adjustments are permitted?
- How is work related daycare expenses for my child(ren) taken into consideration as an adjustment on the child support worksheet?
- Do I get an adjustment for the medical insurance premiums I pay on a monthly basis for the minor child(ren)?
- Can a Court Order the obligor to pay me a sum for monthly child support along with other expenses for the child outside of the child support worksheet? If not, how can this be accomplished on the Child Support Worksheet and/or within the Settlement Agreement?
- What are my options if the obligor is continuously late in paying his or her monthly child support obligation?
- Must you go along with presumptive amount of child support?
- What deviations can I request from the Court?
- What adjustments can I request from the Court?
- What evidence will the Court more than likely consider to determine whether or not there has been a material change in the financial status of the child(ren) and/or the parties to warrant an upward or downward modification of the obligors monthly child support obligation?
- Is an existing child support obligation factored into the amount of support for another child?
- What factors does the Court consider in determining whether or not to increase or decrease the obligors monthly child support obligation?
- If the obligor does not pay me my monthly child support obligation, how do I enforce the Order?
- If I owe a significant amount of child support arrears, how can I best avoid jail time?
We will answer your questions and spend the time walking you through the legal process carefully. With nearly 30 years of combined experience, we know to look at all factors involved, both in present and future.
Child Support Outside of the Guidelines
One common issue we handle is requesting upon the Court a Schedule E deviation, which permits the Court to deviate from the presumptive amount of monthly child support. Deviations are discretionary which means the Court may or may not grant your request for a Schedule E deviation in determining the final amount of Child Support. Our attorneys will review with you the particular issues of your case, the deviations as set forth in the Georgia Child Support statute and accurately complete Schedule E of the Child Support Worksheet to request the appropriate deviation(s) from the Court.