The state of Georgia uses specific guidelines to determine child support. Parents who want to estimate either how much child support they owe, or how much child support they will receive, should use Georgia's interactive child support calculator, which is provided by the state.
Tips for Using the Georgia Child Support Calculator
- Only use the Georgia child support calculator provided on the state’s Child Support Commission web site.
- Third-party child support calculators may not provide users with a reliable, accurate child support estimate.
- Be aware that the Georgia child support calculator is designed to provide an estimate only.
- The Georgia child support calculator is a downloadable Excel file. Therefore, users must have Excel in order to be able to download the program.
- The Georgia Child Support Commission web site also provides printable "pen and paper" worksheets for users who do not have Excel or don't wish to download the Georgia child support calculator file.
- Users who wish to download the Excel file will need to choose between two options: the standard form and the data entry form. The state of Georgia recommends that first time users download the data entry form rather than the standard form.
- In order to use the calculator, you will need to know the total income of both parents, including wages, tips, bonuses, self-employment earnings, investment income, and all other sources of income.
- You will also need to know about certain expenses for each parent, including self-employment taxes and payments related to pre-existing child support orders.
Tips for Parents Requesting Child Support in Georgia
- Become familiar with Georgia's child support guidelines.
- File for child support at your local Child Support Agency.
- You can also apply for Georgia child support online through the Division of Child Support Services web site.
- When filing for child support, provide a much detailed, accurate information as you can.
Tips for Parents Who Owe Child Support in Georgia
- You can make child support payments online through the Georgia Division of Child Support Services web site.
- Be aware that the state of Georgia charges interest on unpaid child support.
- If you have difficulty paying child support, consider requesting a child support modification.
- In addition, Georgia's "Fatherhood Program" provides assistance to non-cusgtodial parents who can not afford to pay the child support they owe.