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1Actual amount paid monthlyThe amount of current child support being paid and averaged over a 12 month period as a result of a Preexisting Child Support Order that is supported by documentation including, but not limited to, a payment history from a court clerk, a IV-D agency, the Child Support Services Agency computer date base, canceled checks or other written proof of payments paid directly to the other Parent. Amounts paid on arrears are not included.
2Adjusted IncomeAdjusted income means the determination of a parent's monthly income, calculated by deducting from that parent's monthly gross income one-half of the amount of any applicable self-employment taxes being paid by the parent, any preexisting order for current child support which is being paid by the parent, and any theoretical child support order for other qualified children, if allowed by the court. For further reference see paragraph (5) of subsection (f) of this Code section.
3AlimonyAlimony is actual payment allowances for support made under a court order and usually given by a man or woman to his former partner after a divorce or legal separation for livelihood maintenance. This amount is not considered as a deduction from the Gross Income of the Parent, but may be considered as a Deviation from the Presumptive Amount of Child Support for that Parent.
4Basic Child Support ObligationBasic child support obligation means the monthly amount of support displayed on the child support obligation table which corresponds to the combined adjusted income and the number of children for whom child support is being determined.
5ChildChild means child or children who are minors and may apply to the child(ren) in this action, children who are in a pre-existing child support order or Other Qualified Child(ren).
6Child and Dependent Care Tax CChild and Dependent Care Tax Credit means a Parent is eligible for a tax credit on their Federal Income Tax Return because they paid someone to care for a child so that they could work or look for work.
7Child Care ExpensesExpenses for the care of a minor child for whom support is being determined in this action due to the employment, job search, training or education of either Parent. The cost may be estimated and averaged for the next consecutive 12 months to obtain a monthly amount.
8Child Support Obligation TableChild support obligation table means the chart in subsection (o) of O.C.G.A. ?_ 19-6-15.
9Child Support ServicesChild support services" means the agency within the Department of Human Resources which provides and administers child support services.
10Child Support WorksheetWorksheet or Child Support Worksheet means the document used to record information necessary to determine and calculate monthly child support. For further reference see subsection (m) of O.C.G.A. ?_ 19-6-15.
11ChildrenChild means child or children who are minors and may apply to the child(ren) in this action, children who are in a pre-existing child support order or Other Qualified Child(ren).
12Civil Action Case NumberCivil Action Case Number for the current action: The number assigned to each legal pleading by a Clerk of Court in the various counties in the state of Georgia that identify all documents that are filed with a case. In order to submit a completed Web-based calculation to the court for a hearing, or as entered in consent by the parties or for other consideration, the Civil Action Case Number (written exactly as assigned by the Clerk) for the current action must be entered. Civil Action Case Number for a Preexisting Child Support Order: The number assigned by a Clerk of Court in the various counties in the state of Georgia or by a Clerk in another state, that identify all documents and orders filed with a case for a Preexisting Child Support Order.
13Combined Adjusted IncomeCombined adjusted income" means the amount of adjusted income of the custodial parent added to the amount of adjusted income of the noncustodial parent.
14CourtThe Court in Georgia where your present action will be heard and for which you are creating this child support worksheet calculation.
15Current Case InformationThe current case information identifies the plaintiff, defendant, the court, county, civil action number, Georgia Office of Child Support Services IV-D case number (if one applies), the children for whom support is sought, their dates of birth, the party submitting the calculation and today's date for the present action before the court.
16Current Court Order Child SuppThe amount of child support paid as required by a court order for support. The current support payments are averaged over the past 12 months. These do not include repayment on any arrears owed.
17Custodial ParentCustodial parent" means the parent with whom the child resides more than 50 percent of the time. Where a custodial parent has not been designated or where a child resides with both parents an equal amount of time, the court shall designate the custodial parent as the parent with the lesser support obligation and the other parent as the noncustodial parent. Where the child resides equally with both parents and neither parent can be determined as owing a greater amount than the other, the court shall determine which parent to designate as the custodial parent for the purpose of this Code section.
18Date of initial child support The date of the "first" child support order entered between the parties. Subsequent orders resulting from a modification are not considered.
19Date of initial child support The date of the "first" child support order entered between the parties. Subsequent orders resulting from a modification are not considered.
20DefendantThe person who did not bring or file the current or present court action.
21DeviationDeviation means an increase or decrease from the Presumptive Amount of Child Support. Specific Deviations may be made based upon: (a) High Income (b) Low Income (c) Other Health Related Insurance (dental and vision) (d) Life Insurance (e) Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (f) Parenting Time Related Travel Expenses (g) Alimony Paid (h) Mortgage (if the Noncustodial Parent is providing for the cost of home where the child resides) (i) Permanency Plan or Foster Care Plan. The Court or the jury may consider other Deviations such as Extraordinary Educational, Medical and Special Expenses, Parenting Time and other Nonspecific Deviations.
22DiscretionThe Court or jury's authority to rule on evidence presented at a hearing in making a final determination of child support.
23Existing Support OrderA child support order that exists at the time of filing of the present action and that will be considered by the court in a proceeding for modification.
24Extraordinary Educational ExpeExtraordinary Educational Expenses may be a basis for Deviation from the Presumptive Amount of Child Support and may include, but are not limited to tuition, room and board, lab fees, books, fees, and other expenses associated with special needs education, private elementary and secondary schooling (high school). In determining the amount of this Deviation, expenses, scholarships, grants, stipends, and other cost-reducing programs received by or on behalf of the Child will be considered and should be a monthly average and based on evidence. Evidence will consist of written documents, based on fact, used to support any adjustments and deviations used in reaching the child support calculation. If copies are used, they must be legible or readable.
25Extraordinary ExpensesExtraordinary Expenses mean the expenses and costs, such as educational and medical, which are in excess of average amounts estimated in the Child Support Obligation Table for those families actually incurring the expense. These expenses are prorated between the Parents.
26FatherThe biological or legally adoptive, male parent of a child.
27Final Child Support OrderFinal child support order means the presumptive amount of child support adjusted by any deviations.
28Gross IncomeGross income means all income to be included in the calculation of child support as set forth in subsection (f) of this Code section.
29Health InsuranceHealth Insurance means the cost of premiums for any general health or medical policy paid by the Mother, Father and/or Nonparent Custodian for children included in this action. Costs for vision, dental or life insurance are not considered a part of Health Insurance. If the child's portion of the health insurance premium is not known, divide the total premium cost by the total number of persons included in the policy. Multiply that answer by the total number of children included in the policy to determine a per child premium cost. (Example: Total Monthly Health Insurance Premium of $200 divided by 4 persons = $50 per person, multiplied by 2 children covered and included in this action = $100. Answer - Each child's portion of the health insurance premium is $50 per month.
30High IncomeHigh Income means a Combined Adjusted Income of both Mother and Father that exceeds $30,000.00 per month.
31Imputed IncomeImputed Income means income that is determined by using a 40 hour workweek at the minimum wage pay rate when there is no reliable evidence of income. Examples of sources used to gather reliable evidence of income may include, but are not limited to, income from tax returns for prior years, check stubs or other information for determining current ability to pay child support.
32Income from Self EmploymentIncome from self-employment is gross income from business endeavors minus ordinary and reasonable expenses necessary to produce such income. Income from business endeavors include, but are not limited to, work as an independent contractor or consultant, sales of goods or services, and rental properties. Expenses necessary to produce income do not include expenses that are not considered ordinary and reasonable such as: (i) Excessive promotional, travel, vehicle, or personal living expenses, depreciation on equipment, or costs of operation of home offices; or (ii) Amounts allowable by the Internal Revenue Service for the accelerated component of depreciation expenses, investment tax credits, or any other business expenses determined by the Court or the jury to be inappropriate for determining Gross Income. Self-employment Taxes are those deductions from total monthly gross income of the self employed person for payment of FICA and Medicare. Only one-half of the Self-Employment and Medicare taxes shall be deducted. (See IRS Publication No. 533 for years after 2006.)
33IV-D Case NumberA unique case number issued and used by the Georgia Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) and assigned to cases maintained on their Support Tracking and Reporting System ($TARS) when a valid application for services has been made to the agency by a Parent or a Nonparent Custodian, or when a referral has been made to OCSS by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
34Life InsuranceLife Insurance means that either Parent has purchased life insurance for themselves with the Child as beneficiary.
35Medical ExpensesExtraordinary Medical Expenses can be considered a deviation for cases involving extraordinary medical needs of the child of a Parent's current family or of the Parent, that are not covered by insurance.
36ModificationModification means reviewing an established court order for support using current information of the Mother, Father, Nonparent Custodian and Child(ren), and determining whether or not the support obligation should increase, decrease or remain unchanged.
37MortgageMortgage means that the Noncustodial Parent is providing shelter, such as paying the mortgage of the home, or has provided a home at no cost to the Custodial Parent in which the Child in this action resides.
38MotherThe biological or legally adoptive, female parent of a child.
39Noncustodial ParentNoncustodial Parent means the Parent with whom the Child resides less than 50 percent of the time or the Parent who has the payment obligation for child support.
40Nonparent CustodianNoncustodial parent means the parent with whom the child resides less than 50 percent of the time or the parent who has the greater payment obligation for child support. Where the child resides equally with both parents and neither parent can be determined as owing a lesser amount than the other, the court shall determine which parent to designate as the noncustodial parent for the purpose of this Code section.
41Non-specific DeviationsNon-Specific Deviations is a deviation from the Presumptive Amount of Child Support, and other than those already identified, that may be appropriate, and that the court of jury finds are in the best interest of the child in this action.
42Other Health Related InsuranceOther Health Related Insurance means vision or dental insurance available at a reasonable cost for the Child as provided by the Mother, Father or Nonparent Custodian.
43Other qualified childrenQualified Child or Qualified Children means any Child: (A) For whom the Parent is legally responsible; (B) That lives in the parent's home; (C) That the parent is actually supporting the child; (D) That is not subject to a Preexisting Child Support Order, and; (E) That is not currently before the court to set, modify or enforce child support. All five (5) criteria must be met in order to claim a Child as a Qualified Child for a Theoretical Support Order. If a child living in the parents home is subject to a Preexisting Order, but that order is not actually being paid by the parent in another case who owes the duty of support, then that child may be consider an 'Other Qualified Child'.
44other source of incomeOther Sources of Income, whether earned or unearned, may include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) Salaries; (ii) Commissions, fees, and tips; (iii) Income from self-employment; (iv) Bonuses; (v) Overtime payments; (vi) Severance pay; (vi) Severance pay; (viii) Interest income; (viii) Interest income; (ix) Dividend income; (x) Trust income; (xi) Income from annuities; (xii) Capital gains; (xiii) Disability or retirement benefits that are received from the Social Security Administration pursuant to Title II of the federal Social Security Act; (xiv) Workers?? compensation benefits, whether temporary or permanent; (xv) Unemployment insurance benefits; (xvi) Judgments recovered for personal injuries and awards from other civil actions; (xvii) Gifts that consist of cash or other liquid instruments, or which can be converted to cash; (xviii) Prizes; (xix) Lottery winnings; (xx) Alimony or maintenance received from persons other than parties to the proceeding before the Court; and (xxi) Assets which are used for the support of the family.
45Parent Parent means a person who owes a child a duty of support pursuant to Code Section 19-7-2.
46Parenting Time AdjustmentParenting Time Adjustment is a Deviation from a Parent's portion of the Basic Child Support Obligation based upon the Noncustodial Parent's court ordered visitation with a Child included in this action. NOTE: The Office of Child Support Services will not be involved with any action or claim related to visitation, including actions for contempt brought by the custodial parent against the non-custodial parent for failure to exercise the court ordered visitation upon which the parenting time adjustment deviation is based. The OCSS will apply the parenting time adjustment deviation to the presumptive amount of child support when there is a court order for visitation and the parents agree on the amount of the parenting time adjustment deviation to be applied. If both these criteria are not met, then OCSS will direct the parents to the court and will not apply the Parenting Time Adjustment Deviation.
47Parenting Time DeviationParenting time deviation means a deviation from the noncustodial parent's portion of the basic child support obligation based upon the noncustodial parent's court ordered visitation with the child. For further reference see subsections (g) and (i) of this Code section.
48Permanency Plan or Foster CarePermanency Plan or Foster Care Plan means the cost incurred in assisting a parent in regaining custody of a child who is in the legal custody of the Georgia Department of Human Resources (the Division of Family and Children Services-DFCS), the child protection or foster care agency of another state or territory, or any other child-caring entity, public or private. This total amount may be considered a deviation.
49PlaintiffThe person who is bringing or intends to file the current or present action.
50Preexisting OrderPreexisting order means: (A) An order in another case that requires a parent to make child support payments for another child, which child support the parent is actually paying, as evidenced by documentation as provided in division (f)(5)(B)(iii) of this Code section; and (B) That the date and time of filing with the clerk of court of the initial order for each such other case is earlier than the date and time of filing with the clerk of court of the initial order in the case immediately before the court, regardless of the age of any child in any of the cases.
51Presumptive Amount of Child SuPresumptive amount of child support means the basic child support obligation including health insurance and work related child care costs.
52Qualified ChildQualified children means any child: (A) For whom the parent is legally responsible and in whose home the child resides; (B) That the parent is actually supporting; (C) Who is not subject to a preexisting order; and (D) Who is not before the court to set, modify, or enforce support in the case immediately under consideration. Qualified children shall not include stepchildren or other minors in the home that the parent has no legal obligation to support.
53Qualified ChildrenQualified children means any child: (A) For whom the parent is legally responsible and in whose home the child resides; (B) That the parent is actually supporting; (C) Who is not subject to a preexisting order; and (D) Who is not before the court to set, modify, or enforce support in the case immediately under consideration. Qualified children shall not include stepchildren or other minors in the home that the parent has no legal obligation to support.
54RepresentativeNote: person entering data for mother, father, or nonparent custodian?
55Salary and WagesGross Income includes all income from any source, before deductions for allowable taxes and excludes needs based income such as Supplemental Security Income and TANF.
56Self Employment Taxes for FICAThe credit for self-employment taxes is calculated by deducting from that Parent's monthly gross income, one-half of the amounts of self-employment taxes paid by a Parent for FICA and Medicare. The amount of self-employment taxes paid can be found on your previous year Federal Tax Form 1040, Schedule SE, Line 4. If you reported less than $400 self-employment income in the previous tax year, you will not enter an amount on Child Support Schedule B, Line 2. For the maximum amount of self-employment income that is subject to Social Security tax, see IRS Publication 533 for the current taxable year. NOTE: The Office of Child Support Services updates the self-employment tax formula on January 1 of each calendar year.
57Social Security Disability or Social Security Disability or Retirement benefits received as part of Title II OASDI program which provides protection against the loss of income of earnings due to retirement, disability and death as income intended to replace a portion of lost earnings which is based on taxable earnings during a persons' lifetime. (Disability insurance or retirement benefits should not be confused with SSI, which is not considered income.
58Special Expenses for Child ReaSpecial Expenses for Child Rearing means expenses incurred for child rearing related to food, clothing, and hygiene costs of children at different age levels that may include, but are not limited to, summer camp; music or art lessons; travel; school sponsored extracurricular activities, such as band, clubs, and athletics; and other activities intended to enhance the athletic, social, or cultural development of a Child. In order to determine if a Deviation for special expenses is warranted, the Court or the jury will consider the full amount of the special expenses; and when these special expenses exceed 7 percent of the monthly Basic Child Support Obligation, the additional amount may be considered as a Deviation to cover the total of special expenses.
59Split ParentingSplit parenting can occur in a child support case only if there are two or more children of the same parents, where one parent is the custodial parent for at least one child of the parents, and the other parent is the custodial parent for at least one other child of the parents. In a split parenting case, each parent is the custodial parent of any child spending more than 50 percent of the time with that parent and is the noncustodial parent of any child spending more than 50 percent of the time with the other parent. A split parenting situation shall have two custodial parents and two noncustodial parents, but no child shall have more than one custodial parent or noncustodial parent.
60STARS Case NumberA unique case number issued and used by the Georgia Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) and assigned to cases maintained on their Support Tracking and Reporting System ($TARS) when a valid application for services has been made to the agency by a Parent or a Nonparent Custodian, or when a referral has been made to OCSS by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
61TANF (Temporary Assistance forTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a benefit paid to a person who qualifies through the Georgia Division of Family of Children Services (DFCS) or similar programs in other states or territories under Title IV-A of the federal Social Security Act. This benefit does not include Medicaid or Food Stamps.
62Theoretical Child Support OrdeTheoretical child support order means a hypothetical child support order for qualified children calculated as set forth in subparagraph (f)(5)(C) of this Code section which allows the court to determine the amount of child support as if a child support order existed.
63Title II Social Security BenefOld age, survivors and disability benefits for a child who is either unmarried and has not attained the age of 18, is still in secondary school and under 19 years of age, or is under a disability which began before he attained the age of 22 years of age. The child must also be a dependent of the insured individual.
64Uninsured Health Care ExpensesUninsured health care expenses means a child's uninsured medical expenses including, but not limited to, health insurance copayments, deductibles, and such other costs as are reasonably necessary for orthodontia, dental treatment, asthma treatments, physical therapy, vision care, and any acute or chronic medical or health problem or mental health illness, including counseling and other medical or mental health expenses, that are not covered by insurance. For further reference see paragraph (3) of subsection (h) of this Code section.
65Visitation Related Travel ExpeVisitation Related Travel Expenses means travel expenses related to Court ordered visitation that are substantial in cost due to the distance between the Parents. The Court may order the allocation of such costs as a Deviation, taking into consideration the circumstances of the respective Parents as well as which Parent moved and the reason for such move.
66Work Related Child CostsWork related child care costs means expenses for the care of the child for whom support is being determined which are due to employment of either parent. In an appropriate case, the court may consider the child care costs associated with a parent's job search or the training or education of a parent necessary to obtain a job or enhance earning potential, not to exceed a reasonable time as determined by the court, if the parent proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the job search, job training, or education will benefit the child being supported. The term shall be projected for the next consecutive 12 months and averaged to obtain a monthly amount. For further reference see paragraph (1) of subsection (h) of this Code section.
67WorksheetWorksheet or Child Support Worksheet means the document used to record information necessary to determine and calculate monthly child support. For further reference see subsection (m) of O.C.G.A. ?_ 19-6-15.