Georgia Child Support Unemployment– The Court will determine if a parent is willfully or voluntarily unemployed or underemployed by considering the reasons for the parent’s occupational choice and assess the reasonableness of these choices in light of the parent’s responsibility to support his or her child and whether the choices benefit the child. (O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15(f)(4)(A).
In determining if a parent is willful or voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, the court will consider occupational choices which may be motivated only by an intent to avoid or reduce the payment of child support. Additionally the Court may consider any intentional choice or act that affects a parent’s income and if there is a substantial likelihood that the parent could, with reasonable effort apply his or her education, skills or training to produce income. (O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15(f)(4)(C).
Specific factors considered by the Court in determining will or voluntary unemployment or underemployment include:
- Past and present unemployment;
- Education and training;
- If the parent is pursuing additional training or education, if the pursuit is reasonable in light of the parent’s responsibility to support his or her child and if the child will benefit by increasing the parent’s level of support in the future;
- The ownership of valuable assets and resources, such as an expensive home or automobile, that appear inappropriate or unreasonable for the income claimed by the parent;
- The parent’s health and ability t work outside the home;
- The parent’s role (1) as caretaker of the child, (2) a disabled or seriously ill child, (3) a disabled or seriously ill relative for whom that parent has assumed the role of caretaker.
(see O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15(f)(4)(D).
Georgia Child Support Unemployment – If you have questions about how to use the Georgia Child Support Worksheet when you are determining your gross income, you need help determining your income if you are unemployed or underemployed, or you need help with completing an uncontested divorce – Contact the Remboldt Law Firm at 404-348-4081.
For more information on the Georgia Child Support Calculation Gross Income – you may find the Georgia Child Support Worksheet helpful. Also, if you are considering an uncontested divorce, you may find the Uncontested Divorce Worksheet helpful in moving forward with an uncontested divorce.