Child Support in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) has won and Outstanding Program of the Year Award by the National Child Support Enforcement Association so you can expect prompt, efficient and candid service.

DCSS helps locate custodial parents, establish paternity, issue support orders, modify support orders and collect and distribute child support payments. It also administers several special outreach programs that focus on Fatherhood and non-custodial parental involvement in the life of children.

Georgia Division of Child Support Services Guidelines

You can only apply for Georgia Child Support if you can identify the non-custodial parent and prove paternity. In Florida the noncustodial parent is the one with whom the child resides less than 50% of custodians the time. Non-parent that have been granted legal custody of a child can also apply.

When you fill out the application for support as the custodial parent you must include all sources of income and you must also declare all presumed income, that is, income you could possibly get during the year. It is also crucial that you include all income from self-employment.

You also have to define work related child care costs and the court may make the non-custodial parent pay for that as well. Disclosing your health insurance premiums is also a mandatory part of the calculation and part of the presumptive amount of child support you are expected to receive.

You can read all of the rules and regulations about the Division of Child Support Services at http://dcss.dhs.georgia.gov/rules-regulations.

Tips About Georgia Child Support Guidelines

Georgia Child Support Services is known for its very efficient interactive website that allows you to do most things online including apply for the services, look at your case, view payments from the non-custodial parent, update address and employer information, and request direct deposit and stop payments.

It is also important that you know the difference between shared parenting and split parenting as defined by the state of the Florida when filling out the application forms as it can affect eligibility for the program.

If you have no capacity to make income or are suffering from economic hardship then the court can rule that a non-custodial parent does not have to pay child support.

You can also calculate Georgia’s Excel electronic calculators for child support at http://dcss.dhs.georgia.gov/child-support-guidelines. Your application might be rejected if you do not use their calculators and use one on an independent lawyer or contractor’s site instead. This is because calculators used off-site have been known to be off in their calculations by almost a thousand dollars.