Typically, the non-custodial parent is required to pay a reasonable amount to the custodial parent to assist with living expenses.Child support may also include payment for health insurance, medical and dental expenses, and life insurance.Typically, until a court ruling or agreement, married parents share custody.The judge will try to fashion a custody plan that is in the "best interests of the child." The judge will consider many factors, including the age and sex of the child, and the ability of each parent to care for and nurture the child.You can represent yourself, which is known as proceeding "pro se." To navigate the legal system and file the appropriate documents, you’ll need to know your court’s rules.You can probably get help from your local court’s website and from the court clerk’s office.Courts rely on child support guidelines (Georgia Code section 19-6-15) to calculate the appropriate amount of child support.The amount is based on factors including time the non-custodial parent spends with the children, the ages of the children, daycare costs, medical costs, education costs, significant income or debt of either parent, and obligations to another household. Each parent is required to prepare a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit, setting out his or her financial circumstances.
If you need the court to quickly resolve questions of child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, debts, or possession of property, you can request a temporary court order.You and your spouse must be “legally separated” to file for divorce, but that doesn’t mean you must be living apart.In Georgia, you are legally separated if you are no longer engaging in marital relations and you consider yourself to be in an actual state of separation.A copy of the complaint will be served on (personally delivered to) the other spouse (the "defendant" or "respondent") by a sheriff of the appropriate county, or that spouse may acknowledge service by signing a document in the presence of a notary public.
The defendant has 30 days to file a written answer to the complaint.
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