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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.

What Is the Child Support Process in Georgia?

The child support process in Georgia involves several key steps, each of which is crucial to ensuring that the child receives adequate financial support. Understanding this process can help parents navigate the legal requirements and achieve a fair child support arrangement. Here is an overview of the steps involved in the child support process:

  • 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.

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.

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.

    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.

    How Do Child Support Attorneys Help Parents?

    Figuring out a child support arrangement can be daunting for any parent. A child support attorney can help both custodial and non-custodial parents reach fair and enforceable support agreements. Whether you are to establishing, modifying, or enforcing a child support order, an experienced attorney can provide invaluable assistance throughout the process, ensuring that your child's best interests are prioritized.

    What Do Child Support Lawyers Do?

    • Legal Advice and Guidance: Attorneys inform parents about their legal rights and obligations, making sure they understand the specifics of Georgia's child support laws. They help develop a strategic plan tailored to the client's unique situation and goals, whether it involves negotiating an agreement or preparing for court.
    • Filing Petitions: Lawyers assist with preparing and filing all necessary documentation accurately and promptly, from initial petitions to responses and any supplementary forms. They ensure that petitions and other documents are properly submitted to the court, meeting all procedural requirements.
    • Negotiation and Mediation: Attorneys help negotiate fair child support arrangements, working towards an agreement that both parties find acceptable. If mediation is required, attorneys represent their clients to reach a mutually agreeable solution without the need for a prolonged court battle.
    • Court Representation: Should the matter go to court, attorneys represent their clients during hearings, advocating for their best interests and presenting evidence effectively.
    • Calculating Child Support: Lawyers use state guidelines to calculate potential child support payments accurately, ensuring that calculations are fair and based on reliable data. They account for additional expenses, such as healthcare and extracurricular activities, to ensure comprehensive support.
    • Modifying Orders: If circumstances change, attorneys can help petition for modifications to existing support orders, ensuring that the support arrangement remains appropriate as situations evolve. They gather and present evidence that justifies the need for modification, whether due to income changes, job loss, or other significant factors.
    • Enforcing Agreements: Attorneys take action against non-paying parents, utilizing legal tools to enforce compliance with support orders. They can file contempt actions to hold non-compliant parents accountable, potentially resulting in wage garnishments or other enforcement measures.
    • Providing Emotional Support: Beyond legal advice, child support attorneys offer compassion and understanding, helping parents navigate the emotional challenges of child support disputes.

    Having a knowledgeable child support attorney by your side ensures that you are well-prepared to secure the financial support your child needs and deserves. Whether through negotiation, mediation, or litigation, these legal professionals offer the expertise and advocacy required to achieve a fair and just outcome.

    Why Choose a Child Support Attorney from The Law Offices of Robert F. Pirkle?

    Selecting a child support attorney from The Law Offices of Robert F. Pirkle is a choice rooted in experience, dedication, and a proven track record of success. Our firm stands out for several reasons, making us the preferred choice for parents seeking to navigate the complexities of child support arrangements in Georgia:

    • Extensive Experience: Our attorneys have years of experience handling child support cases, giving them deep insights into the intricacies of Georgia's child support laws. This extensive knowledge ensures that every aspect of your case is meticulously examined and strategically approached.
    • Personalized Attention: At The Law Offices of Robert F. Pirkle, we understand that every family situation is unique. We offer personalized legal solutions tailored to your specific circumstances, ensuring that your needs and those of your child are thoroughly addressed.
    • Compassionate Advocacy: We recognize the emotional toll that child support disputes can take on parents and children. Our attorneys provide compassionate support, guiding you through the legal process with empathy and understanding while remaining focused on achieving the best possible outcome for your child.

    When you choose a child support attorney from The Law Offices of Robert F. Pirkle, you are selecting a dedicated advocate committed to achieving a fair and beneficial outcome for your family. Let us help you navigate the child support process with confidence and peace of mind.

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

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