When parents decide to end a marriage, they are technically no longer obligated to each other. However, parents always have an obligation to their children, even financially. These days, it often takes incomes of both parents to economically meet the needs of children. In Georgia, noncustodial parents are often required to pay child support to custodial parents to ensure that children are supported financially. It is common for discrepancies and disagreements to arise regarding these payments, even with celebrity parents.
A man indicted for failure to pay support for his children since 1998 has pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court. He was arrested in Canada living under an assumed name and extradited back to the U.S. In Georgia and elsewhere, child support is to be paid by non-custodial parents for the support of their minor children.
The calculations for determining child support changed in Georgia starting January 1, 2007. There is now an income-sharing approach to calculating the amount of child support that must be paid. The mother and father's income are placed into a mathematical equation to decide how much the non-custodial parent must pay to the custodial parent. The court will look at both incomes and find a gross annual income for each party and make a determination accordingly. On top of looking at income from each parent, they look into other earnings such as: