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1WorksheetWorksheet 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.
2Work 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.
3Visitation 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.
4Uninsured 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.
5Title 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.
6Theoretical 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.
7TANF (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.
8STARS 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).
9Split 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.
10Special 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.
11Social 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.
12Self 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.
13Salary 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.
14RepresentativeNote: person entering data for mother, father, or nonparent custodian?
15Qualified 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.
16Qualified 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.
17Presumptive Amount of Child SuPresumptive amount of child support means the basic child support obligation including health insurance and work related child care costs.
18Preexisting 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.
19PlaintiffThe person who is bringing or intends to file the current or present action.
20Permanency 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.