Child Support is a legal obligation in the form of regular payments made by a parent to benefit their child. This money is used for basic expenses and necessities such as food, housing, clothing, health care, and educational needs. Regardless of your fight to gain or keep custody of your children, child support will be an issue in your case. You will either be paying it or receiving it.
Parents have a legal and moral duty to maintain, protect and educate their children. When parents live apart, the state has an interest in seeing to it that parents, not the public, provide for their children. This obligation continues for as long as the child is a minor. Parents may not waive their obligation to pay child support as a matter of public policy.
As a parent, child support is a major factor in ensuring your child’s well-being, primarily because of the obvious need for significant financial support to provide for a child’s cost of living. At Anene Farrey & Associates, LLC, our Georgia child support attorneys advocate for the needs of the child while also taking fairness into account pertaining to child support amounts and the income of both parents.
All children in Georgia are entitled to receive financial support from their parents until they reach 18 years of age. If a child is still in high school, child support is paid until the child graduates or turns 20 years of age, whichever happens first.
If you’re paying child support for more than one child, your payment amount does not drop automatically when one child no longer qualifies for support. You must take affirmative steps to recalculate future support for the remaining child or children and ask the court to enter a revised support order.
When the last child no longer qualifies for child support, the support obligation ends if there is no past due support owed. However, an income assignment will continue in effect until the employer receives an order or notice amending or terminating the assignment.