1. When does the new law start?
The new law takes effect on January 1, 2007. It will be applied to all child support decisions made after that date, even if the case was started in court before that.
2. If I already have a current child support order, how will I be affected by the change in the new child support guidelines, effective January 1, 2007.
No current order will automatically change, effective January 1, 2007. The only way that a current order will be affected is if a petition to modify is filed or there is a recommendation from the Office of Child Support Services for a modification, pursuant to O.C.G.A. §19-11-12.
3. Besides using the new child support guidelines’ worksheet and schedules, is there anything else I need for the court to decide my case in 2007?
Yes. You will need to bring to court proof of your income and certain expenses, including child care, health insurance for the child, special expenses (i.e., extracurricular activities) for the child, and child support orders for other children and the payment history you have made on those orders.
Don’t forget to bring a copy of the actual Child Support Worksheet and Schedules. If you are calculating child support on the new electronic worksheets, please do not forget to print out a copy of the Worksheet and Schedules before you submit it, via the internet, to the Judge.