The state of Georgia considers the best interests of the child when it determines custody and the amount of support that the non-custodial parent would have to pay. If the father is responsible for child support payments as determined by the court, the father’s rights are usually taken into consideration, as computation of child support payments depends on the father’s income and properties. This can be interpreted as the better off the father is, the higher the child support that he has to pay.
However, modifications of child custody and support laws are not uncommon. It is necessary to stay current on these changes throughout the U.S., as examples of modifications in other states may influence decisions within our state. For instance, a proposed bill in the state of Wisconsin seeks child support modification by limiting the child support orders for fathers with an income higher than $150,000. In addition, it seeks to equalize the amount of time spent by the child with both parents, regardless of geographic separation.
While this bill might uphold father’s rights, it drew the ire of many, claiming that it does not fully consider what is best for the child. Furthermore, judges may find it hard to protect children and mothers who were victims of domestic violence because of the bill’s stipulation that children should spend an equal amount of time with each parent.
Even though this bill is currently being debated upon in Wisconsin, divorced parents of Georgia should always be aware of new child custody and support laws that are being implemented within their state. Modifications of these laws are not uncommon, so it is always necessary to be aware of information regarding your rights and responsibilities when it comes to child custody and support.
Source: fdlreporter.com, “Bill would limit child support payments,” Dee J. Hall, Jan. 10, 2014