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Special Topics on Child Support

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General Child Support Topics—Applicable for All States

 

·        Legal links

·        A Primer on Deviating for a Child Support Award

·        Why might a custodial parent hire an expert on child support economics?

·        State-Specific Child Support Information and Guidelines from FindLaw.com

·        Legacy economic studies on child costs

More detail is below, and links, for these special topics.

 

Georgia Specific Topics

·        Parenting time issues with Georgia’s child support guidelines.  However, background material applies to all Income Shares states

 

Under development:

·        Economic analysis for federally mandated quadrennial reviews of states’ child support guidelines

·        New federal regulations for requirements for states’ quadrennial guideline reviews and new regulations for required procedures for enforcing child support orders through child support agency actions

·        Sample of materials from Continuing Legal Education seminars by Rogers Economics

 

More detail is below, and links, for these special topics.

 

General Child Support Topics—Applicable for All States

 

·        Legal links.  This page has links to key sites on federal and Georgia (including some counties) legal resources.  Links are provided for statutes, legislation, court opinions, federal regulations, Georgia child support information, and other.

 

·        A Primer on Deviating for a Child Support Award.   Child support guideline awards are not written in stone.  Whether you are a noncustodial or custodial parent, you have the right to ask the court to make an award that is different from what is called the presumptive award—if your case facts indicate that the presumptive award is not appropriate.  The presumptive award is the default award based on certain required inputs into the award formula.  Such inputs include monthly income and the number of children and possibly other factors that vary somewhat by state.

 

There is never a guarantee that the court will diverge from the standard award, but understanding and applying the proper procedure for “deviating” can boost the odds of an award that is more appropriate for your situation.  If the court enters an award that diverges from the default award due to certain circumstances in a case, this is referred to as deviating.

 

Click here or the immediately above link to download a pdf file that has this primer in full.

 

·        Why might a custodial parent hire an expert on child support economics?

 

There are a number of reasons a custodial parent would want to hire an objective child support expert.  The broad reasons include:

 

¨      to ensure that a child support award is financially sound and is payable,

¨      to ensure that the award is equitable,

¨      to ensure that the children are properly supported in both households,

¨      to take into account alimony when appropriate and together with economically sound child support,

¨      to get a broad picture of the true financial impact of a variety of scenarios for child support, alimony, and tax effects,

¨      high-income situations can require extra attention to convince the court to make a high-income deviation (Georgia’s presumptive awards stop at a level for $30,000 combined monthly gross income),

¨      to help ensure a good relationship with the other parent,

¨      to properly evaluate inputs into child support awards such as special income factors or special cost factors, and

¨      to develop special solutions for child support and alimony cases, including but not limited to trust funds.

 

Click here for more extensive discussion on why a custodial parent might hire an expert on child support economics.

 

·        State-Specific Child Support Information and Guidelines

 

From FindLaw.com.  Links for all states.  Find for most states, the state’s child support guidelines and state agency links.  Some states’ child support calculator links are included.

 

·        Legacy economic studies on child costs.  These studies go back more than 20 years and provide much of the foundation for states’ child support cost tables.  These studies help one better understand the pros and cons of current child cost tables flaws and biases.

 

Georgia Specific Topics

·        Parenting time issues with Georgia’s child support guidelines.  Parenting time can be a significant cost factor not just for the custodial parent but also for the noncustodial parent.  These pages cover a variety of issues for deviating for parenting time.  There also is a link for a free Excel parenting time deviation calculator using various methodologies, including “straight line,” economics based, and presumptive formulas from North Caroline and Arizona.  There are comparisons of “net child support burdens” with and without a parenting time adjustment.  Importantly, there is information on the underlying facts of the guidelines from the economic studies that underpin Georgia’s child cost table.  NOTE: This section is under development and only partially complete.

 

 

This page is under construction.  Check back for updates.

 

Topics Under Development

 

·        Economic analysis for federally mandated quadrennial reviews of states’ child support guidelines.  (this section is under development but coming soon)

 

·        New federal regulations for requirements for states’ quadrennial guideline reviews and new regulations for required procedures for enforcing child support orders through child support agency actions. (this section is under development but coming soon)

 

·        Sample of materials from Continuing Legal Education seminars by Rogers Economics.  This page includes links for an Excel calculator for creating exhibits for a potential parenting time deviation and related background material on parenting time issues regarding Georgia’s child support guidelines.  (this section is under development but coming soon)

 

 

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