Child support payments are designed to safeguard the financial future of children after their parents divorce. Since 2007, child support payments in Georgia have been calculated based on a number of new factors, including each parent’s time with the child and the income of both parents. While a judge ultimately makes the child support decision, these factors significant part in determining the amount of child support payments.

With child support issues in mind, Georgia residents may be interested in the case of a South Dakota man who was informed last year by Canada officials that he would still be required to pay child support for his children, who are in their 20s. In South Dakota, where the father was born, raised and currently resides, the law requires child support payments only up to a child’s 18th birthday or under other special circumstances.

The main factor in this case is that the father resided in Canada with his then-wife when they got divorced. Since Canadian law allows for child support requirements to continue indefinitely, the eight years the father spent in Canada could potentially affect the rest of his life.

Sometimes people forget that the law of the land is different not just from country to country, but also from state to state. For couples who plan on moving for job opportunities or other reasons, it is important to consider the laws of their future location when contemplating a divorce. Similarly, the same goes for individuals who are planning to move to Georgia.

Whether you are a long time resident or new to Georgia and unfamiliar with the state’s laws, effective legal counsel can help ensure that you get fair treatment in your divorce proceedings, including the calculation of child support.

Source: Rapid City Journal, “Pierre man protests paying perpetual child support,” Joe O’Sullivan, April 5, 2014