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There was a time when the judge had practically unfettered discretion in setting the amount of child support, but those days are long gone, thanks to the federal government. Under our federal Constitution, the federal government has no say so when it comes to family law.
The day has finally arrived, Georgia’s new child support guidelines were implemented January 1, 2007. The new law replaces over thirty years of legislation which previously based child support on a flat percentage calculated from the non-custodial parents gross annual income.
On Monday, January 1, 2007, Georgia’s New Child Support Guidelines became effective. Under the old guidelines, child support in Georgia was based primarily upon a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s gross income. Under the new guidelines, the income or earning capacity of both parents will be used to allocate each parent’s responsibility for a child’s expenses.
The issue before the court was whether a parent may sue the other parent for fraud and deceit based on alleged misrepresentations made during an action to establish child support. Child support was established and ordered based on the father gross income. The mother, however, claimed that she later discovered that the father had fraudulently represented his income.
The Georgia divorce court may give alimony, or spousal support, to either spouse. Often times, alimony is granted until the spouse dies or remarries. Alimony can also be paid in one lump sum payment of money or property, or it may be paid over an extended period of time.
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