Woodstock Child Support Attorney Ensuring Your Child’s Well-Being
Aggressively pursuing the financial resources you and your children deserve
During a divorce, you are likely concerned with how you will provide for your children. I have spent years using my knowledge of child support laws to make sure you and your children get what you need to have the life you deserve. Naturally, there are important questions to ask as you approach your child custody hearing.
How does the court decide the child support amount?
Georgia, like most states, is primarily interested in the best interests of the child. Factors the state considers when arriving at an amount of child custody include:
- Your income, your employment status or prospects and any change in your living circumstances
- The number of children in your family
- The length of your marriage
- The cost of their health insurance
- Any tax deductions you’ll receive for having dependent children
- Your child’s standard of living before your divorce
In arriving at a figure for support, the court often calculates what your spouse is able to earn and not what he or she is actually earning. This becomes important when your ex-spouse leaves a current job to enter graduate school or takes a lower-paying job for one reason or another. The court may determine that your support remains the same, even though your ex-spouse is earning less.
How does joint custody affect child support?
When both you and your ex-spouse have joint custody, the court takes into account how much each of you earns and how much time your child spends with each of you. If you are both working, then child support payments might be less. In determining the amount of custody payments, the court needs a full statement of income for each of you, including:
- Recent pay stubs and W-2 and 1099 tax forms
- Gross income and expense statements if you’re self-employed
- Any unemployment records that apply to either of you
- Retirement benefits from Social Security
- Proof of health insurance coverage for your child
- Child care expenses for the last 12 months, including day care or babysitter expenses, after-school care, private school tuition and fees for extracurricular school activities such as sports teams
- Day-to-day expenses such as new clothing and food
- Medical expenses not covered by insurance
When I represent you in your divorce, I will use all of the above information to obtain the child support payments you need. If your circumstances change, I will help you pursue a modification to your agreement. No matter what your situation, I will fight to get you the amount of child support that will help you and your child move forward with your lives.
Call my child support law firm to get what your children deserve in Marietta & Woodstock
If you’re facing a child support hearing or simply need to determine how much support you need, call the Woodstock office of the Gleichman Law Firm LLC for an appointment at 678-331-7058 or contact me online. I try to return all calls within 24 hours, and I make home and hospital visits. My hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends by appointment only. My office is located just off I-575. Free initial consultations may be available upon request.