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1Existing 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.
2IV-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 ($TARS) when a valid application for services has been made to the agency by a Parent or a Nonparent Custodian, or when a referral has been made to OCSS by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
3STARS Case NumberA unique case number issued and used by the Georgia Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) and assigned to cases maintained on their Support Tracking and Reporting System ($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).
4Adjusted 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.
5AlimonyAlimony 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.
6Basic 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.
7Child 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.
8ChildChild 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).
9ChildrenChild 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).
10Child Support Obligation TableChild support obligation table means the chart in subsection (o) of O.C.G.A. ?_ 19-6-15.
11Child Support ServicesChild support services" means the agency within the Department of Human Resources which provides and administers child support services.
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.
14Custodial 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.
15DeviationDeviation 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.
16Child 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.
17Extraordinary 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.
18Extraordinary 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.
19Medical 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.
20Final Child Support OrderFinal child support order means the presumptive amount of child support adjusted by any deviations.