When parents divorce, one of the main issues they must consider is how
much child support one parent must provide to the parent who has primary
physical custody of their child. In Georgia, child support obligations
are based on the income of each of the parents. Recently, a woman, featured
on the reality show "Real Housewives of Atlanta," and her ex-husband
came to an agreement on child support payments.
According to reports, the woman's ex-husband, a former NFL player,
has agreed to pay $75,000 in unpaid child support. He reportedly has missed
38 child support payments of $2,142. The two have also come to an agreement
on revising the original child support obligation; the ex-husband will
be making smaller payments of child support for the following year and
is expected then to return to the original child support payment plan.
Child support may be determined by an agreement between parents or by a
court order. Parents may choose to take an informal route in forming a
plan, which may include the amount of child support and how long the payments
must be made. In an informal approach, parents may choose to negotiate
individually or include attorneys in creating a plan. Parents may also
choose a form of alternative dispute resolution in which they may have
a more active role in creating a plan.
If parents are unable to reach an agreement, they may choose to get a court
order. In Georgia, child support guidelines are based on a shared income
model, which takes into consideration each parent's income, the amount
of custodial time each parent has with the child and the number of children
that the parents support.
Sometimes, parents may be unable to make their child support payments due
to changed circumstances. In these times, it is in the best interest of
the child for parents to work quickly to create a modified plan for the
child support payment.