February 24, 2013
The Georgia child support statute (O.C.G.A. §19-6-15) was revised in 2007 to implement the “income shares model” that has been adopted by the majority of the states in the U.S. Under this approach the income of both parents is considered in the child support calculations.
The current version of the statute imposes a complicated mathematical formula that is based upon a number of variables that are implemented into a Microsoft Excel program. The implementation of some of these variables is within the discretion of the Court (ie. cost of private school tuition, cost of extracurricular activities) while other variables are not discretionary and must be included in the calculations (ie. cost of work related childcare, cost of health insurance).