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Child Support

Attorney Robert F. Pirkle has been serving clients in Savannah and throughout Georgia with compassionate and effective legal representation since 1984.

Savannah Child Support Attorney

Helping Parents Get the Child Support They Deserve

Whether you are the parent receiving child support or the parent paying child support, you want to be sure that you are getting the financial support you need to care for your child. The Law Offices of Robert F. Pirkle, P.C. has helped many parents obtain or comply with the child support agreement they need.

Do you have questions about child support in Georgia? Call (912) 493-9506 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a Savannah child support lawyer.

What Is Child Support?

Georgia child support is a court-ordered monetary payment from a parent to a custodial parent to support a minor child. Child support is paid by the parent who has a duty to support the child. Child support is determined based on the parents' incomes and the number of children being supported.

Parents can agree to child support, or the court can set child support based on state child support guidelines. If parents can agree on the amount, they can ask the court to approve the agreement. If they cannot agree, the court will set the amount based on the guidelines.

The Child Support Process in Georgia

  • The parent seeking support (the petitioner) files a petition with the court. The petition includes a request for child support.
  • The other parent (the respondent) is served with a copy of the petition.
  • The respondent must then file an answer with the court.
  • The court holds a hearing where both sides can present evidence. The judge then makes a decision on child support.

The amount of child support depends on state guidelines and the needs of the child.

How Is Child Support Calculated in Georgia?

When calculating child support, the court will use the Georgia child support guidelines to determine how much support must be paid. The guidelines are based on the parents' incomes and the number of children being supported.

Parents can agree to child support, or the court can set child support based on state child support guidelines. If parents can agree on the amount, they can ask the court to approve the agreement. If they cannot agree, the court will set the amount based on the guidelines.

Georgia Child Support Guidelines

The guidelines are based on the following:

  • The annual net taxable income of both parents.
  • The number of children being supported.
  • The cost of health insurance for children.

Types of Child Support

There are two types of child support in Georgia:

  • Regular support
  • Supplemental support

Regular child support is for basic needs, such as food and clothing. Supplemental support is for extra costs, such as private school tuition or extracurricular activities.

Is Child Support Taxable?

Yes, child support is taxable income. However, if you do not receive your child support check directly from the other parent, you do not have to include it as income on your tax return.

Call (912) 493-9506 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a Savannah child support lawyer.

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