Child Support Modification in Georgia in the Event of Job Loss
In today’s economy, job loss can occur unexpectedly. Georgia law on modification of child support includes a provision that can allow child support to be adjusted from the date of filing a petition for modification when the loss of income is 25% or more. This only applies when the job loss is involuntary.
The court may, at its discretion, phase in the new child support award over a period of up to one year with the phasing in being evenly distributed with at least an initial immediate adjustment of not less than 25 percent of the difference and at least one intermediate adjustment prior to the final adjustment at the end of the phase-in period.
This can be an exception to the rule that a modification petition can only be filed two years after the last order entered on a petition for modification by the same party.
Today, child support in Georgia is computed by using a worksheet that is available online at the Office of Child Support Services website, http://www.ocse.dhr.georgia.gov/portal/site/DHS-OCSE/. Child support is computed based on the combined income of both parents. The amount is reached by applying the guideline child support amounts to the combined income. If one parent pays health insurance, child care, or other expenses, the amount is adjusted so that both parents share these expenses pro rata according to their relative incomes.
David S. Walker