Child Support

Atlanta Child Support Lawyers

Experienced Child Support Attorneys in Atlanta GA

When children are involved, the end of a marriage does not mean the end of financial responsibilities. But without proper legal representation, a spouse can find themselves with minimal support for their family, or on the other hand paying significantly more than they are able. Don’t let poor representation cost your children the financial support they’re entitled to during your divorce. The divorce lawyers at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC will fight hard to make sure the court understands your financial needs when determining child support levels for your children.

In Georgia, both parents are required to support their children until a child reaches the age of 18, graduates from high school, marries, dies, emancipates or joins the military. Additionally, support may be required past the age of 18 as well, such as in the case of a child who is still in high school. Child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the child’s living expenses, health insurance, medical and dental expenses, and more.

Understanding Child Support in Georgia

The formula for determining appropriate child support in Georgia typically involves taking a detailed look at both spouse’s finances. Since 2007, Georgia child guidelines have focused on an “income shares” model. The courts look at both spouse’s salary, commissions, self-employment income, bonuses, overtime, severance pay, pension income (if it is recurring), interest income, dividend income, trust income, capital gains, gifts, prizes, lottery winnings, and income from a variety of other sources. That “combined adjusted income” amount is used to establish a “Georgia Child Support Obligation Table” which goes on to help determine a “Basic Child Support Obligation,” which is then applied to each parent’s proportionate share of the combined adjusted income. All told, the process for calculating child support involves about nine separate steps.

Confused? It’s easy to get lost in the complex rules and guidelines that go into determining how much child support you and your child are owed. The lawyers at Kitchens New Cleghorn will help you review you finances and answer any questions you have about how a child support determination will be reached. We will work hard to ensure that the court has the best information possible when making a decision about your case, and maintain our office in Atlanta.

Changes in Life Circumstances

Life circumstances don’t always stay the same and neither should your child support schedule. If you experience a change in income, your previous schedule may no longer be suitable for you or your children. Georgia law does allow for the modification of support schedules, and our Atlanta child support lawyers can petition the court to modify your schedule in a way that matches your life needs. If a major change means your old schedule is no longer a fit, give us a call right away.

Included among the factors which a Georgia court may consider in making a determination to adjust your child support guidelines are:

  • Increased medical costs for the child
  • Increased educational costs for the child
  • One party’s other support obligations to another household
  • Changed medical expenses of the parent
  • In-kind contribution of either parent
  • Extraordinary travel expenses to exercise visitation or shared physical custody


Shawna M. Woods is an Of-Counsel Attorney at Kitchens New Cleghorn. Prior to coming to Kitchens New Clegorn, Shawna was Partner at Law Firm in Forsyth County specializing exclusively in Family Law. She also had successful solo Family Law practice in Fulton County and had worked several years with the Special Assistant to the Attorney General for Child Support Enforcement.
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John DiNatale is an attorney with the law firm of Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. John leads the firm’s Family Law Practice with expertise in Divorce, Custody Disputes, Modifications, Child Support, and Domestic Partnership Disputes Read More.

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Jeffery M. Cleghorn is an Of-Counsel Attorney at Kitchens New Cleghorn. Read More.


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