Child support is a payment paid to the custodial parent from the noncustodial parent. This payment is to offset the loss in combined income from there no longer being two parents involved. In the state of Georgia, there is a child support calculator to give you the exact amount you would pay. Keep in mind, in order to complete the calculator you will need to create a login and provide personal information.
First, calculate the combined gross income of both parents. Gross income includes salary, wages, self-employment income, bonuses, overtime pay, and any other source of income. Gross income is income before tax deductions. For example, if parent one makes $6,000 a month and parent two makes $4,000 a month then the combined income is $10,000 with parent one responsible for 60% and parent two responsible for 40%. With one child, the basic obligation for child support is $1,259 a month. If parent two is the noncustodial parent they are responsible for 40% of the $1,259, which is $503.60.
After the basic obligation is met, certain scenarios require adjustments and deviations to be made in order to meet these special requirements. In order to make sure the correct child support payment is created it is best to consult with an attorney. An attorney can walk you through how to use the Georgia Support Calculator on the Georgia Child Support Commission’s website.