I was recently laid off. How much child support am I obligated to pay?
I have not been retained as your attorney so I cannot give you legal advice. However, I can offer some general information that may help you.
In the state where I practice, which is Arkansas, you will have to continue to pay court-ordered child support until the order is changed. If you are being ordered to pay child support through a custody order or divorce decree, then –if Georgia is similar to Arkansas—you can file a “Motion to Modify Child Support.”
A motion is a written request to the court. In your motion, you will have to prove to the court that there has been an ongoing “material change in circumstances” to justify a change in your child support obligation. In Arkansas, if your income has changed by 20% or $100 monthly through no fault of your own, then this could be enough to show the court there has been a change.
If you are being ordered to pay child support through a court order that was established through the state’s Office of Child Support Enforcement then, at least in Arkansas, you are required to a review of your income every 3 years.
However, if you income has decreased, or even increased, by $100 monthly or 20% through no fault of your own, then you can request a review by the Office of Child Support Enforcement sooner.