Understanding child support time limits and age requirements

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | Family Law

In the realm of child support, Georgia has specific guidelines governing when a parent can seek financial assistance and until what age.

These regulations aim to ensure the well-being of children even when parents live separately.

Commencement of child support

Child support in Georgia typically begins when the custodial parent files a request with the court. This could happen during a divorce proceeding, separation or when parents decide to live apart. The court then assesses the non-custodial parent’s income and determines a fair amount for support.

Time limit for retroactive child support

In certain situations, a custodial parent may seek retroactive child support for a period when no formal agreement was in place. Georgia law permits parents to request retroactive support, but there is a limit. Generally, the court may only order retroactive child support for the past two years before the filing date. Custodial parents must be aware of this window and take prompt action.

Age requirements for child support termination

Child support in Georgia typically continues until the child reaches the age of 18. However, there are exceptions. If the child is still in high school at 18, support may continue until the child graduates or turns 20, whichever occurs first. This provision ensures that children receive the necessary financial assistance during their formative years.

Seeking modification of child support

Life is dynamic, and circumstances change. In Georgia, either parent can request a modification of child support if there is a significant change in income or other relevant factors. This ensures that the child support amount remains fair and reflects the current situation.

Raising a child alone is difficult, both emotionally and financially. In 2021, more than 464,000 children in Georgia enjoyed a better quality of life due to receiving child support.