Child Support

What are child support obligations? In Georgia, both parents can be required to support their children until a child reaches the age of 20 years, dies, graduates from high school, marries, is emancipated or joins the military, whichever event occurs first. The non-custodial parent will be required to pay a reasonable amount of child support to the custodial parent towards the child's living expenses. Child support, in addition to a monthly or weekly sum, may also include such items as health insurance and payment of medical and dental expenses. Georgia's new child support guidelines went into effect on January 1, 2007. Now the income of both parents is considered to determine child support obligations. In addition to the combined income, the new guidelines consider other expenses, such as work related child care costs and health insurance.

May I receive money for the children's college? The court cannot order parents to pay for college. However, parents may agree to pay child support beyond the age of 18 or to pay for college expenses