Georgia Child Custody & Georgia Child Support
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Georgia courts, like family courts in all states, prefer that parents cooperatively work out the details of raising their children together after a divorce because, in the long run, it is in the best interests of the child or children. The court will get involved, usually when the parents can’t agree, and will always look to the best interests of the child or children in deciding issues of custody, visitation and support. Following are the laws governing Georgia child custody and support.
Georgia Child Custody:
Georgia courts will do everything possible to lessen the emotional impact of divorcing parents on children. Neither parent is automatically entitled to custody as the court will always look to the best interests of the child or children before ruling on custody arrangements. The court will usually give visitation rights to the parent not receiving custody. The court will look at the situations of the parties and their relationships, but will also consider all evidence including, especially, a history of family violence.
The court will consider the desires of children over 11 in awarding custody. Children over 14 will sometimes be allowed to choose their custodial parent, with the court’s approval.
Georgia Child Support:
Georgia courts use the Percentage of Income formula to calculate how much a parent must provide for support of the child or children. The court requires a parent to pay a certain percentage of his or her income for child support. The percentage is based on the number of children. For example, a non-custodial parent with one child might be required to pay 20% of his or her net income as child support. In some situations both parents may be required to pay child support.
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