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Disclaimer

This is a sample Child Support calculation.

Click here to use our Georgia Child Support Calculator.

By using this calculator you expressly acknowledge that:
  1. No content is considered legal advice. Always consult an attorney.
  2. All content is based on Support Studies' views and interpretations of Georgia child support laws and the Georgia Child Support Guideline.
  3. The greatest care has been taken for accuracy relative to the default Georgia Child Support Formula. However, your results as determined by the State of Georgia may be different than the results presented here.

The Payment

The bottom line monthly child support payment is $767.00

This includes:
1) A base support payment of $692.00.
2) A reduction of $75.00 net for insurance premiums.
3) An additional $150.00 net for child care expenses.
Other adjustments, such as for miscellaneous expenditures, are not included here but explained later.
Where does that number come from?

Expenses as estimated by Georgia

Georgia estimates the (total base support amount) at $1,384.00. The total base support is the amount the state estimates would have gone to childrearing in a two-parent family with your mix of incomes and 2 children. This is before any spending on medical or childcare.

The state formula credits you with 100.00% of that amount, $1,384.00 each month, or $16,608.00 annually.

He is credited with 0.00% of the base support amount, or $0.00 in childrearing expenses each month.

What about his child rearing expenditures?

The default Georgia formula does not account for any childrearing expenditures he makes during his 125 days with the children.

By default, he is credited with $0.00 of the $1,384.00 basic support obligation for his own direct spending on the children.

Put differently, his monthly base payment would still be $692.00 whether the children spend 0 days or 125 with him.

Note that the State of Georgia does allow for deviations due to shared parenting time, however these are at the discretion of the court and according to Scheduel E in the Georgia child support calculator form "there is no formula for the Deviation."

Your Average Daily Expenditures

The formula results in a base childrearing budget in your household averaging $69.20 for each of your 240 days with the children. This is for the children, and over and above your own personal cost of living.

He contributes an average of $34.60 for each of your 240 days with the children.

His average payment of $34.60 each of your days means the Georgia formula presumes you spend an additional $34.60 of your own income in childrearing each day with the children, totaling a base childrearing budget $69.20 average each of 240 days the children are in your household.

In addition to your base daily budget of $1,384.00 you are credited with additional child care expenditures averaging $15.00 each of your days with the children. This brings your average daily child rearing expenditures to $84.20

His Average Daily Expenditures

In Georgia, his time with the children isn't considered in the formula and has no impact on the default support payment.

He is credited with $0 base spending by the formula.

Georgia law allows for parenting time deviations but these are not presumptive. Such adjustments require a deviation and modification and are up to judicial discretion.

How about food?

By comparison, the 2012 USDA estimated moderate-cost food menu for 2 children is $17.02. In other words, each day the children are with him, you save approximately $17.02 and he spends $17.02 on food for the children.

And after food?

Based on the 2012 USDA estimated moderate-cost food menu, after food expenditures, you have $52.18 remaining of your state-estimated childrearing expenditures for each of 240 days.

Considering that the default Georgia formula does not adjust payments based on his time with the children, after food expenditures he has($17.02) remaining of his $0 credit. After food that's -$8.51 per child each of 125 days.

Annually, food alone leaves him with -$2,127.50 for childrearing expenditures relative to the $0 the state credits him spending during his time with the children.

Medical Premiums

You share responsibility for Medical Insurance Premiums.

Because you pay $0.00 in insurance premiums for the children each month and he pays $150.00 payments are adjusted as follows.

You contribute 50.00% of his expenditures on child-related medical premiums, or $75.00.

This brings the monthly support payment after base support, ordinary medical and insurance premiums to $617.00.

And Child Care

You share responsibility for Child Care expenditures.

Because you pay $300.00 in child care each month and he pays $0.00 payments are adjusted as follows.

He contributes 50.00% of your child care expenditures, or $150.00.

This brings the monthly support payment after base support, ordinary medical, insurance premiums and child care to $767.00.

Anything Else?

Maybe quite a lot. According to Georgia law, the "Presumptive amount of child support" means the basic child support obligation plus insurance premiums and work-related child care costs.

Other expenses that may further increase is payments include:
Uninsured health care expenses
Extraordinary education expenses such as lab fees, books and more.
Life insurance may result in a deviation to add or subtract from the amount based on who incurs the expenses.
Special expenses exceeding 7% of the $1,384.00 combined basic obligation.

What Are Special Expenses?

A deviation may be granted to increase support payments if "Special Expenses" exceed 7% of the combined basic support obligation of $1,384.00, or $96.88.

In the words of Georgia Law: "Special expenses incurred for child rearing, including, but not limited to, quantifiable expense variations related to the food, clothing, and hygiene costs of children at different age levels, may be a basis for a deviation from the presumptive amount of child support. Such expenses include, but are not limited to,
summer camp;
music or art lessons;
travel;
school sponsored extracurricular activities, such as band, clubs, and athletics;
and other activities intended to enhance the athletic, social, or cultural development of a child

...but not otherwise required to be used in calculating the presumptive amount of child support as are health insurance premiums and work related child care costs."

Isn't that covered in the base obligation?

According to Georgia, only 7% of $1,384.00, or $96.88 are for such "Special Expenses."

So after a Georgia-estimated $96.88 in "special expenses" and USDA-estimated moderate-cost food expenses of $340.40 your monthly remaining Georgia-estimated base childrearing expednitures are $946.72 plus additional budgetary reimbursements for any childcare, health insurance and possibly additional deviations for "extraordinary education", uninsured medical expenses and more.

What's the Bottom Line?

In summary, the Georgia child support formula resuls in default calculations as follows:
Basic childrearing expenditures are estimated at $1,384.00.

$0 of the basic child rearing obligation is credited toward his household, as his days with the children are not an input to the formula.

$1,384.00 is credited toward child rearing expenditures in your household.

He is held responsible for 50.00% of that amount and pays you $692.00 each month toward your Georgia-estimated direct basic childrearing expenditures before medical, child care and other expenses. You are understood to spend $1,384.00 in basic childrearing each month, $692.00 from him plus another $692.00 of your own income.

Child Care:
He contributes 50.00% of your child care expenditures, or $150.00.

The net transfer due to child care expenses is $150.00.

Insurance Premiums:
You contribute 50.00% of his expenditures on child-related medical premiums, or $75.00.

The net transfer due to insurance premiums is $75.00 from you to him. This brings the bottom line support payment to $767.00, based on a George-estimated total expenditures of $1,834.00.

Beyond that, the total childrearing budget and his payments may be further adjusted for uninsured medical expenditures, 'special expenses,' and more.

Food and the Bottom Line

Taking into consideration Georgia's formula for base support, plus child care and insurance premiums:

If he spends $17.02 on food for the children and you save $17.02 each of his 125 days with the children, then:

After support payments and direct spending on only food, he contributes $767.00 plus $177.29, or $944.29 each month toward the costs of child rearing. By comparison your direct financial contribution to child rearing is estimated at $739.71 per month.

Any additional spending by him during the children's time with him further increases his financial contribution without reducing the payments. Where his spending on items such as transportation, food or entertainment, represents a savings to you, your percent financial contribution to childrearing is further reduced as his increases.

What are the financial stakes?

In Georgia, the presumption is that whoever is determined the custodial parent is attributed 100% of the base support obligation.

Whether the split in parenting time is 0 and 365 days or 180 - 185, from a purely budgetary perspective the default formula means a net difference of $1,384.00 base childrearing expenses is at stake.

If your spending is less than $1,684.00?

It doesn't matter.

You are not accountable for your childrearing expenditures. He is still responsible for a base payment of $692.00 plus other contributions toward child care and medical.

What if his payments fall behind?

Unlike your spending, he is accountable for his payments. If he falls behind too far, he may go to jail.

He might go to jail even if you spend less than your Georgia-estimate childrearing expenditures of $1,684.00.

He might go to jail if you spend less on the children even then his monthly payment to you.

Beyond that, Georgia charges him interest on arrears. Interest calculation begins when the non-custodial parent becomes 30 days delinquent.

According to the George Department of Human Services website: "Interest is calculated on arrears that were due on January 1, 2007 to present at a rate of 7%." As a benchmark, 10-year US treasuries are running around 2% interest as of early 2013.

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