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Modifying a child support order in Georgia

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2022 | Divorce

Whether you owe child support as a non-custodial parent or receive payments as a custodial parent, it is imperative to review various legal issues related to child support. From the enforcement of a court order and the penalties for falling behind to understanding when payments end, you should find answers to any questions you have and prioritize your child’s well-being.

In addition, if you want to modify your child support order or the other party wants to change the amount of support owed, you need to familiarize yourself with the child support modification process in Georgia.

An overview of child support modification

Georgia’s Division of Child Support Services states that parents can request a review for the potential modification of a child support order. Following a review, the parent who owes support could end up paying more, less or the same amount. However, any back child support they owe will remain unchanged.

If you request a review, you could have to pay a $100 fee, unless you meet certain requirements (such as having a low income or receiving certain types of government assistance).

Child support modification can take six months

You should realize that the child support modification process can take as long as six months. For example, the process can become delayed when a parent lives in a different state. Verifying assets and income and locating parents can prove difficult, in some instances, making the process take more time.

If you believe that child support modification is necessary as a result of significant changes, make sure you take the right approach and go over all of your options and the details of your circumstances carefully.