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Do I Need to Worry About Retroactive Child Support in my Paternity Case? 

Here is a question often asked by fathers seeking information in paternity or legitimation cases. Can mothers get retroactive child support? The short answer is no.  Georgia child support laws only allow for the prospective award of child support.  That means only after a paternity or legitimation case is filed can an award of child support…

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Paying for Extracurricular Activities in Addition to Child Support

Here’s a frequently asked question: “Do I need to pay the cost of my children’s extracurricular activities in addition to child support in the State of Georgia?” Legally speaking, the answer, as always, is complicated.  A client will come into my office with their divorce or child custody decree in hand, wanting modification.  I will…

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When Can I Modify Child Support?

Under Georgia law, child support can be modified upon any material change of circumstances in the parent’s income or financial status or the needs of the child. That’s a lot of language for an attorney to work with. In short, it means if the other parent’s income goes up or down, there are grounds to…

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A Word from Scott Shaw: Child Support, Attorney’s Fees, and Modification

There have been some big changes in the Georgia child support laws. The state completely re-wrote laws that removed use of a percentage of income and created an income-share system. Child support owed is now calculated from the income of both parents, not just the parent paying child support.  Overall, it’s created a more fair system…

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Can You Be Required to Pay More in Child Support if You Make a Lot of Money?

Divorce is complicated. It can be made even more complicated when considerations for child support are on the table. Divorce and child support are deeply tied to income, so what happens if you make significantly more than average or more than your spouse? Can you be responsible for paying additional money per month based exclusively…

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When Does My Child Support Obligation End in the State of Georgia?

Most child support orders specify that child support shall continue until the age of 18, unless the child has not graduated from high school; in that case it would continue until the child graduates but not past the child’s 20th birthday.  Simple enough, right?  Not really.  The State of Georgia has a very specific statutory…

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