I am a life long resident of Griffin, Georgia and a 2001 Honor Graduate of Griffin High School. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science... more
I am a life long resident of Griffin, Georgia and a 2001 Honor Graduate of Griffin High School. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2005. I then graduated from the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in 2009 where I was awarded the Custer-Tuggle Award for excellence in the study of family law. I practice law at The Shepherd Law... view profile
If you are a parent and you divorce, the parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. Unlike alimony, which is paid to maintain an ex-spouse's lifestyle, child support pays for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. A child support lawyer can help parents negotiate and calculate child support, either by agreement or in court. While national guidelines to calculate child support amounts exist, you or the judge may choose to calculate the amount based on your income and the child's needs. If you believe you are not the father of a child and want to contest a child support claim, a child support lawyer can also help you determine paternity. A child support lawyer can be useful during negotiations to help objectively determine the most appropriate amount of child support for your situation and protect against paternity fraud.