Guideline For Child Support Calculator

Georgia has enacted child support guidelines used by the courts to determine what resources should be considered income for the purpose of calculating a parent’s child support obligation.

Georgia’s calculate child support guidelines require that the total gross income of both parents be considered. In determining the total gross income, the court must consider income from all sources before any tax deductions.

Income from All Sources

“Income from all sources” means the courts will consider all financial payments, no matter the source, to be part of a parent’s income. Georgia considers the following resources to qualify as income when determining child support:

  • Wage and salary income, including commissions, overtime, tips, and bonuses;
  • Interest, dividends, and royalties;
  • Self-employment income;
  • Net rental income (rent after deducting operating expenses and mortgage payments);
  • All other income received – severance pay, pensions, retirement benefits, social security income, disability benefits, unemployment benefits, annuities, and spousal support/alimony;
  • Some financial gifts

What is Not Considered Gross Income for Purposes of Child Support?

The court does not consider the following as “income” for purposes of calculating child support:

  • Child support payments received by either parent for the benefit of a child of another relationship (i.e., not a child considered in the case);
  • Benefits received from means-tested, public assistance programs;
  • Foster care payments disbursed by the Department of Human Services or a licensed child-placing agency;
  • A step-parent’s income

What is Imputed Income?

A court will look carefully at each of these potential sources of income to determine what amount of child support the non-custodial parent will pay. There are circumstances in which the non-custodial parent voluntarily becomes unemployed or is underemployed to avoid paying child support or reduce the child support obligation he or she would be required to pay. In those circumstances, the court may assign income to a parent based on earning potential, not actual income. To impute income in such a circumstance, the court may look at:

  • the previous earnings of a party;
  • a party’s education and training;
  • a party’s experience in a given field;
  • the typical earning for the field in which a party works or has worked.

Contact an Attorney

If you need help understanding what types of income can be used to calculate child support, we are here to assist. The team at CW Law can help make sure that you understand the applicable laws and that a proper calculation of each party’s income, or potential income, is presented to the court, and the appropriate amount of child support is ordered by the court.

Please call (404) 594-2143 to schedule a consultation with Attorney Crystal Wright.