Under Georgia law, a "shared income approach" to child support obligations is required, in which both parents have an obligation to contribute to child support expenses.
The following table provides an example of the basic child support obligation (“BCSO”):
Each parent is responsible for a portion of the stated BCSO amount, in proportion to their earned income.
For example, if the income of each parent is the same, each will be responsible for one-half of the BCSO. A parent who earns 35% of the parents' combined income will be responsible for 35% of the BCSO.
The non-custodial parent pays his or her percentage of the BCSO to the custodial parent, regardless of which parent has a higher earned income.
The law variation from the basic child support obligation based on other factors, including:
- Pre-existing obligations for support of other children,
- Health insurance costs,
- Child-care expenses,
- Shared physical custody arrangements,
- Visitation expenses, and
- Other reasonable expenses
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