As an Atlanta Child Support attorney, our firm can assist you through the entire process from documentation to trial.
Child support is not only an issue in divorce cases, but can arise in other family law cases such as parenting plan modifications, paternity, non-parental custody, and relocation. The family courts are actually required to ensure that an appropriate child support arrangement is reached in all family law cases that involve children – this is to ensure that parents adequately support their own children rather than the state taxpayers. Child support cases are often complex, requiring representation from a knowledgeable attorney.
Karen Brown-Williams is an Atlanta child support attorney that has represented hundreds of clients with varying child support needs. Our firm is experienced in:
– Establishing child support,
– Modifying child support, and
– Enforcing child support obligations.
Child support payments are calculated based on a statutory formula. To estimate child support obligations in your case, visit the Georgia Child Support Calculator provided by Georgia Child Support Commission.
In Georgia, child support is calculated primarily by determining the net income of both parents. Determining net income is fairly simple in the case of W-2 wage earners with no additional sources of income. Determining net income can become significantly more complex when the party is unemployed, underemployed, a business owner, or receives an irregular income.
To arrive at a fair child support resolution, you need a lawyer who will go to great lengths to obtain the necessary documents that accurately establish net income. At The Williams Firm, P.C, we have achieved countless successful case outcomes for clients, even when net income was difficult to prove.
Enforcing Child Support
When the parent charged with paying child support in Georgia fails to make these payments or make them on time, a private party or the state can file enforcement actions on a child support order. Our Atlanta family law practice has handled many enforcement and contempt actions, and have experience with back support judgments – both for parties pursuing those judgments and for parties defending against them.
Attorney Karen Brown-Williams has experience with child support cases brought by the state as well as child support cases filed through the Division of Child Support.
Contact our office to schedule your child support consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get a divorce in Georgia?
You can finalize a divorce as little as 31 days after service. Georgia does not require a waiting period for divorce.
Am I entitled to alimony?
Alimony is based on one party's financial needs and the other party's ability to pay, as well as conduct issues. Realistically speaking, alimony these days is intended to be rehabilitative in nature, to provide the requesting spouse with an opportunity to become gainfully employed and/or to increase his or her earning potential. Some judges are more likely to award spousal support than others, so it helps if your attorney is familiar with your assigned judge.
How are our assets divided?
Georgia is an equitable division property state. Equitable division means whatever is fair and reasonable under the circumstances; it does not necessarily mean an equal division of "marital" assets between spouses, although more often than not, most assets are divided somewhere in the range of 50/50. There are numerous factors the court will consider to determine what is fair and reasonable under the circumstances
Does every case have to go to trial?
No. The vast majority of cases, including family law matters, are resolved without a trial, through agreement of the spouses, negotiations by their attorneys, or mediation. If the spouses cannot agree, even after being prodded to do so by attorneys, mediators, and the court, a trial is necessary.
What is family court?
It is a court devoted to handling only family law cases.
What is child custody?
Custody is a legal determination of how the parties care and make decisions for minor children. There are two types of custody: Legal and Physical. Legal custody determines which parent(s) will participate in making major decisions affecting the children, such as decisions about the children’s education, healthcare and well-being. Physical custody involves who will care for the children on a day-to-day basis.
What factors can be used to decide custody?
Ideally, the parties to a divorce are able to reach a mutually agreeable out of court marital settlement agreement that includes custody and visitation with any minor children of the marriage. When it becomes clear an agreement is not forthcoming, a court will have to decide using a “best interest of the child” standard.
How is child support calculated?
Child support is calculated based upon guidelines that are established by the state. Generally, child support guidelines take into account the incomes of the parties, the number of days each party has the child, and other expenses related to the child, such as health care and daycare costs. Although each state has set guidelines, the Court may deviate from the guidelines at its discretion.
What is alimony?
Alimony is generally a support payment by one spouse to the other spouse. Alimony is generally not available to a spouse who caused the dissolution of the marriage by adultery or desertion. Alimony may be paid in a one-time lump sum, periodic payments for a limited time or until the receiving spouse dies or remarries. Alimony is awarded to either spouse in accordance with the needs of the spouse and the ability of the other spouse to pay
What is “Joint Legal Custody”?
Joint legal custody means that both parents have the right to make decisions affecting the children such as education, medical, religious, extra-curricular and so on.
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