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Do you offer free consults We live here at Fort Hood,Tx and

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Do you offer free consults? We live here at Fort Hood,Tx and I am military, and the child lives in Ga, with grandparents and is going to school in the town the grandparents live, not with mother. The child was coming to live here, moved everything and decided on the first day of school he didn't want to go there and wanted to go back home. So we moved him back to his grandparents.... this happened all in a matter of 2 months. Ga stopped child support,( not having anything to do with the move,) to the child stating we were "paid up" until he turned 18, he is now 16. We are unsure how this could be and how we could have paid ahead. Ga. CS offers no real explanation and now mother is threatening to take us to court and reopen the case for more support. We have documents from the state of Ga. on hand stating we are finished paying and are in compliance. We have offered to help with school clothes and anything the 16 yo son needs. She is not willing to take this. She wants at least 600 a month and we were only paying her 250. What are our rights and how much do you charge? Thank you
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 7 years ago.
We cannot represent anyone from this website it is against the site rules. The charge is that you pay when you have received satisfactory answers the amount you agreed upon (in your case you made a $38 deposit and that would be the charge when you click accept on an answer).

Now, to get to your main question. Child support in GA must be paid in accordance with the GA child support guidelines set forth in the laws. The GA law uses the "income shares model" to determine the amount of support that should be paid. This means they take the non-custodial parent's income and the other parent's income and add them together to determine the monthly support amount and then they calculate the percentage your income is of the total income for the month and that percentage is the percentage of the total child support you must pay. Here is a calculator from the child support office to determine what you should be paying:

GA child support does not just terminate at 16, so it appears the child support office either made a mistake or they were just done collecting the support and leaving it now between the parents to arrange for payments. Under GA law, child support does not terminate until 18 or the child graduates high school (whichever is later and no later than 20). Additionally, the GA courts can order support to continue for a child in college up to 20 years old. So your support obligation has not ended and you should figure out your obligation using the above calculator and then negotiate something fair with the mother based on that amount and whatever you agree upon DO IT IN WRITING so you have proof and later on she cannot come back and accuse you of non-payment.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I am sorry. The boy is 18 and still in highschool. Senior year We received the letter stating we r paid up.
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 7 years ago.
While you may be paid up to date, the order of support continues until graduation from high school unless it specifies otherwise. If you want to stop the payments then you need to file a motion to terminate support which would not be ordered until he graduates high school under GA law.
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