What are the laws regarding child support in Georgia?
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What are the laws regarding child support in Georgia?

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All Georgia parents are required to provide adequate support for their minor children, according to Fulton Superior Court. As of 2007, child support in Georgia is calculated using the income of both parents, taking into consideration previous child support orders, which parent is the custodial or non-custodial parent, the proportion of income earned by each parent, the number of children and special circumstances, such as medical needs, according to Nolo.

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The Georgia Child Support Commission explains that child support in Georgia is defined as payment to the custodial parent by the non-custodial parent. Proof of income and all costs associated with the child or children, including child care, health insurance and any extracurricular activities, must be provided to the court. Income from every source, including inheritance, rental income, salary, wages and bonus income is included in a child support calculation, as explained by Nolo.

Non-custodial parents cannot avoid child support payments by remaining willfully unemployed, because the court assigns a putative income, according to Nolo. Georgia's Division of Child Support Services explains that it assists custodial parents in locating non-custodial parents and enforcing child support orders or in assisting custodial parents in obtaining an order for child support. In Georgia, even if the parents have a 50 percent shared custody arrangement, a non-custodial parent must be agreed upon, and the non-custodial parent is judged to be the parent who owes child support payments. The Georgia Child Support Commission provides child support worksheets and payment calculators.

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