The Act amends the method for calculating child support awards to require fact finders in divorce cases to consider eighteen factors before determining the child support obligations of the parents. If, after considering these factors, the court finds the statutory set percentage of gross income either inadequate or excessive, the court must vary the child support obligation accordingly. The Act enhances the “Final Decree and Order” form to require additional information regarding how the child support calculation was determined. The Act allows judges to order one or both parents to obtain and maintain life insurance for the benefit of their minor children. Additionally, the Act encourages judges to require mediation in contested divorces. Finally, the Act extends the state registry of new and rehired employees until May 1, 1997.
Bell, Vicki Lynn
"DOMESTIC RELATIONS Alimony and Child Support Generally: Amend Child Support Calculations,"
Georgia State University Law Review: Vol. 12
, Article 42.
Available at: http://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol12/iss1/42