Ask The Experts: Child Support in Georgia
There are complex procedures when it comes to determining how child support is calculated and enforced. This is why the family law experts at Oxendine Law strive to make sure that our clients always feel knowledgeable and up-to-date regarding their case. We are always happy to answer questions from our clients during office visits or over the phone, but we also know that seeing answers to some of the more common child support topics can be immensely helpful. With this in mind, our family law experts have taken time to answer a few questions about child support in general below.
Question #1: Once I have submitted my application to receive child support, how long does it take to establish a child support order?
Every case is unique, but from the time of filing, we generally are able to appear in court within the following 30 – 90 days. Several factors are involved, including other relief sought in the same case, such as paternity, custody, parenting time, etc.
Question #2: How can I prove that I have made my payment on time if my spouse is saying otherwise?
Mistakes and misunderstandings happen, which is why it is important to keep tabs and document proof of the payments you have made in the case of a situation like this. For starters, always make sure to make all payments through an approved channel laid out by your child support order. Additionally, we recommend keeping any official documentation of the payments that you have previously made in case you ever need to prove to the court that you are fully adhering to your child support order. Use of direct deposit or other mobile payment service app can be a great way to keep track of all payments if you are not ordered to pay through child support services.
Question #3: Does child support cover things like healthcare for children?
In cases where parents need to cover expenses associated with health insurance or child care, these expenses will be factored into the amount of child support ordered by the court. This amount of additional expenditure is determined by dividing these costs between the parents based on their percentage of the total income.
We hope that our readers found these answers helpful. The courts can be difficult and intimidating to navigate. This is why it is so essential to have an experienced and dependable family law attorney on your side. For more information, contact Oxendine Law at (770) 497-8688 today to schedule a meeting in-person, over the phone, or by video conference. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram for additional family law tips, news, videos, and more.