Child support is given when a judge determines that one party needs financial assistance to care for a child after a divorce is finalized. Frustratingly, there are many misconceptions about child support that cause uninformed decisions. Allow us to debunk four child support myths:
Myth: Child Support Has an Effect on Taxes
Child support is not deemed as income, so you do not include it while calculating your gross income. Additionally, the child support payer cannot include it as a write-off.
Myth: Physical Joint Custody Means No One Pays Child Support
Even with physical joint custody, the child is usually with one parent more than the other. However, physical joint custody doesn’t mean that the financial burden is equal. Child support may still be deemed necessary so both parents can contribute to the financial responsibilities.
Myth: Child Support Payments Will Never Change
Child support is calculated based on the parent’s income at the time of the divorce. Over time, a parent’s income may change drastically which means the child support payments are not evenly comparable to the income. If this occurs, you can request for a modified child support payment.
Myth: Child Support Has a Statute of Limitations
Child support normally expires when the child turns 18-years-old. However, many people mistakenly believe that if the ex-spouse owes child support, you cannot collect it after the child turns 18-years-old. In Georgia, there is no statute of limitations concerning collecting child support. So, even if your child is now a legal adult and your ex-spouse owes you child support, you can take legal action to collect.
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