Paying Child Support In The Summer: What You Need To Know

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It’s summer and you finally get your kids with you all day, every day! The long summer days are filled with pool parties, playing in the park … and paying child support?

When you have your children with you and you’re the noncustodial parent, it can feel frustrating, confusing, or annoying to still pay child support to the custodial parent. After all, the kids are with you, not your ex, right?

It’s understandable for you to want more explanation of this aspect of Georgia child support laws. In fact, this blog was inspired by a question from our viewers:

I pay child support but I get my kids for the entire summer. Do I still have to pay the other parent the support when I have the children? —Charles K.

The answer is yes, but it depends. If you need help with child support or any other aspect of family law, then you can count on The Fairell Firm. Contact us today to get started with filing for custody, getting family law advice, or modifying your child support order.

Do I need to pay child support in the summer?

If you as the noncustodial parent get the kids for the whole summer, then why should you have to pay child support? The answer is simple, really: child support is calculated on an annual basis on the child support worksheet.

This means that the monthly number given for support is intended to be given to the custodial parent for 12 months of the year. If you don’t pay child support for those months the children are with you, then you could face serious legal repercussions for not paying your child support.

Tip: Are you the other parent who isn’t getting paid? There are several ways to handle not getting child support from your ex.

Are there any exceptions?

Kind of. In our experience as custody attorneys and child support lawyers, we’ve seen many parents come to the agreement that support will not be paid during the summer. An informal agreement for this, however, is not sufficient. Instead, this agreement must be a part of the final court order. If you don’t make sure this agreement is adopted by the court, then you could run into legal ramifications and difficulties later on.

Tip: If you know that the children will always stay with you, the noncustodial parent, for several months out of the year, then work with custody and child support attorneys to modify the child support agreement (from the start or years into the plan).

Get Help With Family Law In Atlanta

Here in the Atlanta area, you can always rely on The Fairell Firm for help with family law. From Georgia child support laws to legitimation, legal custody, family law advice, and more, we’re the lawyers you’re looking for. We’re conveniently located in Tucker and will be happy to help you with family law, including navigating child support requirements in the summer. Contact us today!


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