The purpose of the Georgia Child Support program is to enhance the well-being of children by assuring there is assistance in obtaining financial and medical support. They provide services such as locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support obligations, and enforcing and reviewing support obligations.
You may be required to submit to genetic testing for paternity determination of the children in this case. If paternity has not been established by marriage or court documents, genetic testing may be used to determine the correct paternity.
If the NCP is the father of the child, he will be required to sign an order for support. If not, he will be released from any other responsibility, and you will be asked for information about another potential father.
The NCP's total gross monthly income is multiplied by the percentage specified in the Georgia child support guidelines found in Georgia Law, O.C.G.A. 19-6-15. Ranges are as follows:1 Child = 17-23%; 2 Children = 23-28%; 3 Children = 25-32%; 4 Children = 29-35%; 5 or more Children = 31-37%.
Most cases are based on mid-range for the number of children. Other factors specified in O.C.G.A. 19-6-15 might be considered when determining the amount of Georgia child support within and outside the range.
These include, but are not limited to, the availability and reasonable cost of medical insurance coverage and or any additional minor children that the NCP is legally responsible to support.
A monthly repay amount may be established to collect past due support owed based on a current Georgia child support order. The NCP's tax returns, lottery winnings, unemployment, workers compensation, and other lump sum payments may be intercepted and applied to the debt.
You have the right to request a review of your child support order for a possible modification. Generally under agency procedure, a support order must be at least 36 months old before a review will be conducted unless a substantial change in circumstances can be proven by the requesting party.
The review might result in a recommendation for an increase or a decrease in the current support amount and/or a provision for medical insurance coverage. If you are the requesting party, you must complete and submit an Application for Modification Services along with a non-refundable $100 administrative processing fee for each case.
This fee will not be waived unless you are receiving TANF benefits, or your total gross income is $1,000 or less per month at the time of your written request. Payment of the fee does not guarantee that a modification will result in a change in favor of the party paying for this service. Fee payment merely insures that OCSS will determine if a modification action is appropriate at the time of application.
Consideration will be given to the appropriateness of adding medical insurance coverage and/or adjusting the support order upwards, downwards or whether it should remain the same. Payment of the OCSS administrative fee reimburses the state for a portion of its expenses and does not create any contract, expressed or implied, for services of the OCSS attorney. All applicants are reminded that OCSS Attorneys represent the State of Georgia only and not any applicant for Georgia child support services.
Interstate Case Processing
If the NCP lives in another state, your case may meet the requirements for referral through the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). If so, you may have to complete an UIFSA packet labeled 'General Testimony' in addition to the Custodial Parent Application for Geogia Child Support Services.
Based on past experience with other states, the time it takes to obtain an order through the UIFSA process may take between (6) and (12) months. Please note that in the UIFSA process, enforcement taken on your case is at the discretion of the other State.
Case Closure Information
Your case may be closed for enforcement services at any time if you are not receiving TANF and no State debt exists. If you are receiving Family Medicaid, OCSS must continue to enforce or obtain a medical insurance order.
If an Income Deduction Order is in place and deductions are being withdrawn from the NCP's paycheck by the employer, the case can be closed for enforcement services, but must remain active in our system to allow distribution of payments made through the Family Support Registry.
If you are a registered user, you can request case closure on this website by clicking on the Site Map in the left column. When the Site Map page displays, click on the Close My Case link under the heading My Case. From the Close My Case link, you can follow the directions to request closure of your case. If you are not a registered user, you will first need to register by clicking the Register link in the left column.
OCSS will provide services to you ONLY in matters relating to:
OCSS will not do the following: (If needed, you must pursue them through a private attorney)
OCSS has sole discretion in determining which legal remedy shall be used to provide program services. You understand that you as the custodian may not make recommendations for individual services to be used by OCSS. OCSS will attempt to provide all services considered appropriate for your case and situation.
If your public assistance (TANF) or Family Medicaid case in Georgia closes, OCSS is required by state and federal laws to continue to provide you with child support services unless you notify us, in writing, to close your Georgia child support case.
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