Demand and Enforce Child Support Payments In Georgia Fast

Child Support Payments Demand and Enforce Child Support Payments In Georgia Fast

Demand and Enforce Child Support Payments In Georgia Fast

Child support describes the progressive payments made by one parent to the other following a divorce to help raise the shared children. The payments cater to normal living expenses such as food, rent, utilities, school, and medical expenses.

Notwithstanding the relationship between you and your partner, it is important to file for child support because the child is the responsibility of both parents. Georgia applies very specific guidelines based on the "Income Shares Model." Demanding child support by yourself can be very frustrating, given the complexity of the process. However, DoNotPay's Child Support Payment product can automatically do this for you. This is a faster, more convenient, automated, and less frustrating way of demanding child support payments.

Through the product, you will know how child support works, how long it will take to get your payments, what child support covers, what will happen if you have any arrears, and how long you will have to pay or receive a child support, among many other great pointers. Read along to understand more about Georgia child support and how DoNotPay can help.

How Child Support Works in Georgia

Under the new Georgia Child Support law, the courts consider the income of both parents when calculating child support. That said, there are rules for special situations when the income of a parent is not clear, such as:

  • When the parent is self-employed
  • When there are changes to a parent's income because of bonuses or overtime
  • When the parent receives money from workers' compensation, disability income, or unemployment income.

Child support can be lowered under the following circumstances:

  • In the event that the parent is already paying child support for his other children
  • At other times, the court may lower the income if the parent has other children living with them.

How Is Child Support Calculated in Georgia?

Georgia uses the Income Shares Model to calculate child support payments. Once the court decides how much each parent earns, the two incomes are added. The court then refers to a table to determine how much of the combined income should go to the child(ren) every month. Each parent contributes to the monthly payments. The amount of money each parent contributes is determined by how much they earn.  You can use the Georgia child support calculator to estimate your monthly child support payment.

Georgia Child Support Calculator

For a rough idea of how child support is calculated, input your own information below to get a ballpark idea of how much child support may be owed in your case.

Step One: Identify Income

List the monthly income for each parent then calculate the total combined monthly income (I) then identify the percentage that each parent contributes to that value (p1 and P2).

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly Income (i1)Monthly Income (i2)Combined Monthly Income (I=(i1+i2))
Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)

Step Two: Identity Basic Parental Obligation

In order to calculate how much each parent would spend raising a child, use an expenditures table like the example below to list the associated costs of raising a child where you live.  Then sum the total expenditures (e) and multiply that by the number of children shared (n) for the total parental obligation (O).

Ordinary Expenses Associated With Raising Children
  • Housing: Rent, utilities, mortgage, property taxes, insurance, etc.
  • Apparel: Clothing, shoes
  • Food
  • Transportation: Finance charges, leases, gas & oil, maintenance & repairs, etc. o
  • Entertainment: Admission, lessons, activity fees, pets, toys, equipment o
  • Miscellaneous: Personal care, etc.
  • Education and Extracurricular Activities: Ordinary costs for education and extracurricular activities
Medical Insurance
  • Premiums
  • Dedicutables
  • Copays
Childcare
  • Daycare
  • Pre-K education
  • After/before school care
Extraordinary Medical Expenses
  • Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses
  • Catastrophic illness or injury expenses

Once you have the sum of all expenditures, multiply that total by the percentage (as a decimal) each parent contributes to the monthly income in order to assign basic parental obligation.

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly IncomeMonthly IncomeCombined Monthly Income (I)
%  of Combined Income (p1)% of Combined Income (p2)
Total Basic  Parental Obligation (O=en)
Obligee Parental Obligation (b1=O(p1))Obligor Parental Obligation (b2=O(p1))

Step Three: Make Physical Care Adjustments

Because the expenses of raising a child in two households are often duplicated, the basic child support obligation must be multiplied by 1.5 to account for the associated costs. Then, each parent’s proportional amount of the shared physical care obligation is multiplied by the percentage of time the other parent spends with the child.

The respective child support obligations are offset, with the parent owing more child support paying the difference between the child support amounts.

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly Income (i1)Monthly Income (i2)Combined Monthly Income (I=(i1+i2))
Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)
Total Basic  Parental Obligation (O=en)
Obligee Basic Parental Obligation (b1=O(p1))Obligor Basic Parental Obligation (b2=O(p1))
% of Custodial Time (t1)% of Custodial Time (t2)Shared Physical Care Adjustment (A=O(1.5))
% of Custodial Time (t1)% of Custodial Time (t2)
Obligee Child Support Obligation (s1=A(t1))Obligor Child Support Obligation (s2=A(t2))Total Child Support Owed by Obligor (S=s2-s1)

How to File for Child Support in Georgia by Yourself

The following are factors to consider before filing a new child support case:

  1. To get a child support order in Georgia, you have to make sure that you or the non-custodial parent reside in Georgia.
  1. You should have the following documents ready:
  • Proof of identification such as a valid state ID, passport, or Social Security Number.
  • Income information
  • For the children, you will be required to present their birth certificates, evidence of school enrollment, Social Security cards, and adoption certificates, just to mention a few.
  • Copy of Divorce Certificate

3. A non-refundable application fee of $25.

To open a child support case in Georgia, you have three options:

Either you or your estranged partner can call the Division of Child Support Services (CSS) at 1-844-694-2347 to book an appointment.It is important to note that anyone who receives assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program or is a beneficiary of certain Medicaid benefits do not have to book an appointment to get help from the DCSS.
You can download and print the application form.Fill out and submit it via mail. Be prepared to print between 15-30 pages.
You can opt to log in to the DCSS website.Fill out the form, file, and later submit it online.

Next Steps for Demanding Child Support Payment If You Can't Do It Yourself

You may alternatively decide to hire a private attorney to help you navigate the process. However, private attorneys in Georgia are very expensive. Doing everything on your own is also time-consuming and frustrating, given the amount of documentation.

This is where DoNotPay comes in. DoNotPay is your most trusted service provider to help you demand child support payment.

Demand Child Support Payments with the Help of DoNotPay

If you want to demand child support payments in Georgia but have no idea where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in three easy steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.

     

  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.

     

  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.

     

In addition to helping you demand your child support payments in Georgia, DoNotPay can also assist you:

Why Use DoNotPay to Demand Child Support in Georgia?

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  • Easy – Keeps track of all the steps involved in filing a demand letter for late child support payments, and filling out tedious forms is unnecessary when you choose to use DoNotPay.

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