Child Support


Experienced attorney Ronald E. Dobelstein can be your advocate. Talk one-on-one with Mr. Dobelstein about your child custody issues to ensure you obtain the results you deserve.

The Georgia legislature passed guidelines for all child support cases that affect every parent who pays or receives child support in the state of Georgia. Ron Dobelstein is familiar with these guidelines and can offer knowledgeable advice to clients seeking a child support resolution or modification.

Child support in Georgia is calculated based on both parent's income. The law is called income sharing and uses a statuary formula to calculate child support based on the income of each parent. The formula considers how many children the parties have. It also considers health care, medical insurance and day care expense in the child support calculation.

The court will consider other child support obligations, as well as parenting time. If a parent is intentionally under-employed, the court can impute income to that parent. Imputed income is the amount of income the court believes a parent could be earning, but has intentionally chosen not to.

Summer camps and other extraordinary expenses can also be factored into the calculation. Frequently child support calculations are straight forward when the parties have fixed income and expenses. Sometimes more effort is required to determine income, especially when there are multiple sources and levels of income. Sometimes the mandatory disclosures required by statute do not reveal sufficient information to perform the calculations. Knowledge of the discovery process including interrogatories, document production, depositions and request for admissions is needed to effectively ferret out the necessary information. When there are blended families or second families the calculations require knowledge of the procedures.

As there are often three parties to a divorce, the husband, wife and children, the court will confirm that the appropriate amount of child support is paid. All Georgia courts require preparation of detailed financial affidavits and child support guideline worksheets. The courts will allow parties to deviate from the standard child support calculation in certain circumstances. It is important to understand what deviations are suitable and may be applicable to your case. In cases where there is an allowable deviation from the statutory guidelines the court is required to make findings of fact to support the deviation. Child support includes basic needs of the child such as food, housing and clothing. Extraordinary needs may be addressed by the parties separately.

Child support can be modified if there has been a substantial change of circumstances. Let child support attorney, Ronald E. Dobelstein, obtain a favorable result for you. To talk with Ronald E. Dobelstein, an Alpharetta child support attorney, contact us at 770-408-7020 or toll free at 866-408-7020. The Alpharetta, Georgia, law office of Ronald E. Dobelstein, P.C., can provide you with skilled legal support.

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