A divorce is a terminal event. It brings a marriage to its legal end and allows the two parties who were once joined together to move forward in life as single individuals.
Child custody orders and agreements are intended to serve the best interests of the children who are subject to their terms. While in some cases Georgia parents may be able to create sound parenting plans that withstand the test of time and meet their children's needs long into the future, in other cases child custody agreements and orders may become unworkable due to changes in circumstance experienced by the parties.
In Georgia, a parent may be required to pay child support to their children if they are not the primary caretakers of those youths. Child support in Georgia is established by statute and, generally, parents pay a portion of their income to their kids when they are subject to child support orders. If children have specific needs, a parent may be asked to pay more than what is established by statute to ensure that their children's requirements are met.