Protecting Children During and After a Divorce
The process of raising a child to adulthood is a long one. Often, child-rearing lasts longer than the marriage that produced the child. At the Fulton County law firm of Salata Law, in Alpharetta, we know that you have a vested interest in seeing your children grow and succeed in life.
Why Do I Have to Pay Child Support?
Parents have a legal duty to financially support their children. Child support is for the maintenance and support of the child after divorce. It is intended to pay for the child’s living expenses, which can include utilities and housing, and it may also cover the cost of health insurance. Child support is not spousal maintenance. Nor is it intended to send you to the poorhouse. Our goal is to establish fair child support payments.
How Is Child Support Determined?
Georgia courts follow a set of child support guidelines. These guidelines require that child support be calculated based on a variety of factors, including the number of children and the parents’ incomes. In some cases, it may be necessary to deviate from the guidelines. Our role as your attorneys is to carefully review income information and other details to ensure that child support payments are fair and accurate, and to deviate from guidelines as appropriate.