Georgia Child Support Top Mistakes – Below is a list of the most common mistakes made when completing a Georgia Child Support Worksheet.
1. Failure to change macro security setting or enable macros: a) The user fails to change the macro security setting of their computer that allows the worksheet to read the Basic Child Support Obligation (BCSO) Table; b) The user fails to enable the macros and receives an error message (#NAME?) in certain protected fields and as a result the electronic worksheet will not calculate; c) The user manually enters data in a hard copy of the electronic worksheet resulting in incorrect calculations.
2. Style of case issues: The user fails to correctly enter the names, civil action case number or other case identifying information on the worksheet, order and other court documents, resulting in conflicts within these court documents.
3. Children In Current Case: a) The children in current case are named only in the worksheet and not in the order; b) The number of children in the order and worksheet differ; c) The children in the current case cannot also be included as Qualified Other Children in Schedule B.
4. Wrong Noncustodial Parent Is Selected: The wrong parent is selected as the NCP on the worksheet, which disagrees with the NCP as identified in the order. As a result, the child support entered in the order is taken from the wrong parent’s column in the worksheet.
5. Noncustodial Parent not selected: The parent designated as the NCP for the purpose of paying child support is not selected, and as a result the Low Income Deviation and the Parenting Time deviation will not calculate.
6. Nonparent Custodian name excluded from worksheet: The user fails to include the name of the nonparent custodian on the worksheet when one or both parents are identified as noncustodial parents and a nonparent custodian is a part of the case.
7. Social Security Disability issues: a) The user fails to correctly enter the parent’s income received from the Social Security Administration as Social Security Disability on Schedule A, Line 13; b) and/or fails to enter the child(ren)’s check amount on Line 12 of the worksheet received as a result of the noncustodial parent’s disability.
8. Final Child Support Amount: The child support amount entered in the order does not agree with the child support amount appearing on Line 13 of the worksheet. (Hint: Use Line 10 of Schedule E, non specific deviation, to adjust Line 13 of the worksheet to equal the agreed upon or court ordered amount of child support.)
9. Worksheet Version: An incorrect version of the worksheet is used to calculate the child support, I.e., the on-line web-based version or an outdated Excel version is used in error.
10. Self-employment Calculator issues: The user does not successfully complete the self-employment calculator. See O.C.G.A. §19-6-lS(f)(l)(B).
11. Income issues: a) The amount of income is missing or wrong on Schedule A, i.e., the amount does not match the income identified in the order; b) Imputed income is not entered on Line 22 of Schedule A; c) No explanation is given for imputed income; d) Income is imputed when valid salary information is unknown. ·
12. Issues with entry of information on Schedule B: a) The user fails to include all required identifying information on Schedule B about each preexisting child support order; b) The user fails to include all required information on children identified as qualified children in a theoretical child support order.
13. Mistakes related to Health Insurance: a) The children’s portion of the cost of the Health Insurance premium is not entered on Schedule D for the parent ordered to provide the insurance; b) Inconsistencies exist between the order/worksheet as to which parent or nonparent custodian is to provide or is already providing and paying for health insurance coverage; c) Medicaid (a needs based government program) or Peachcare (a government supplemented program) is used in error in the order/worksheet to satisfy health insurance, when neither program can be utilized for this purpose; d) The future uninsured percentages are not entered on the worksheet and/or order, or the percentage amounts do not agree in the order/worksheet.
14. Schedule D issues: The user fails to enter work related child care costs on Schedule D, but includes the costs in the order. This error results in a worksheet that does not reflect the cost or credit of this expense for the parent(s) or nonparent custodian who is paying these costs.
15. Filing of Schedule E with Clerk: Schedule E is only filed with the Clerk when deviations are included in the worksheet. See O.C.G.A. §19-6-lS(m)(l).
16. Entry of Deviations: Deviations are entered under the incorrect parent’s column, i.e., the custodial parent (CP), rather than the noncustodial parent (NCP) who will pay the child support. (Hint: Remember two rules – enter the DEVIATION amount (not the cost of the expense) in the NONCUSTODIAL PARENT’s column on Lines 2- 10 of Schedule E.)
17. Deviation issues: The findings in Questions B, C and D of Schedule E are not answered at all or are not sufficiently answered for each deviation, i.e., in some cases the findings are filled out as “in the best interest of the child” or the answers given in the order and as entered on Schedule E, Questions B, C and D, do not match.
18. Court defers entry of child support to DCSS: The court enters an order that does not include the child support, but instead directs the parties to apply for services with the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) an agency of the Department of Human Services (DHS), with the understanding that DCSS will prepare the necessary action and associated worksheet for the court to set the child support.
19. Pages from multiple worksheets flied with clerk: The user prepares multiple worksheets/schedules and files with the clerk various pages from those multiple worksheets/schedules, which results in a final worksheet that does not correctly calculate the child support.
20. Per child orders entered The user prepares a worksheet for all children but the order splits the total amount of child support to per child amounts, creating inconsistencies between the order and the worksheet.
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