Both parents are liable for the support of minor children. The court may award child support from either parent, based on their customary needs and the parents’ ability to pay. There are no specific factors for consideration set out in the statute. However, there are official child support guidelines set out in the statute that are to be followed in all cases in which the parents are not able to reach an agreement. In such cases there are factors which will be followed in special circumstances. The special circumstances include: (1) the age of the children; (2) a child’s medical costs or extraordinary needs; (3) educational costs; (4) daycare costs; (5) shared physical custody arrangements; (6) a parent’s support obligations to another household; (7) hidden income of a parent; (8) the income of the parent with custody; (9) contributions of the parents; (10) extreme economic circumstances; (11) a parent’s own extraordinary needs; (12) historic spending levels of the family; (13) the cost of health and accident insurance coverage for the child; and (14) any extraordinary visitation travel expenses. [Code of Georgia Annotated; 19-5-12, 19-6-14, and 19-6-15.]
Georgia child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Georgia child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Georgia child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation.