Georgia Child Support Commission
On April 22, 2005, House
Bill 221 became law. It overhauled Georgia’s child support
calculations effective January 1, 2007. A Commission has been
appointed that is responsible for its administration, including
determining the cost schedule.
If you have comments to make on the state’s child support
guidelines, you are urged to send them to your state representative.
However, you can send comments on issues and policies regarding
administration and interpretation of the law to the Commission’s
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The final legislation creating the new child support guidelines
– Senate Bill 382 – can be seen here.
Its legislative history is here.
Commission Begins 2008 Review of Guidelines
- FAQs on the
as passed by the 2006 session, bases
child support on the incomes of both parents, not just the father.
Between the original HB 221 and what passed as SB 382 [MSWord]
as passed and made law April 22, 2005.
of the new law [PDF]
as originally introduced by Rep. Sue
Burmeister. It provided for child-related tax benefits, currently
enjoyed by only the custodial parent, to be used as an offset
to child costs shared by both parents. This did not make the
Report issued January 4, 2006 [PDF]
to the governor and legislature. The
Commission's recommendations for initial implementation.
Commission’s documents supporting their recommendations
Decisions of December 9. 2005 [MSWord]
Listed and commented on by R. Mark Rogers.
Cost Schedule and Parenting Time Adjustment Issues [PDF]
A submission to
the Commission by R. Mark Rogers on June 14, 2005 regarding
adjustments to awards based on division of parenting time.
It caused a stir in Tennessee, as Georgia thought it was borrowing
from their example.
on Statutory Language of Georgia HB 221 [PDF]
Comments on needed
clarification to the language of House Bill 221 were submitted
to the Commission on June 22, 2005 by R. Mark Rogers. Comments
cover possible problems of correctly worded economic concepts,
applying the same standards of support and self-support to
both parents, suggestions for clarifying language, and other
Commission Members [MSWord]
of first, organizational meeting [MSWord]
Describes the Commission’s mandate.
- More details and updates can be found at GAChildSupport.org.
The Debate Over Child Cost Tables
This issue determines the amount of child support.
How do you calculate the cost of raising a child? The first two
papers are from Policy Studies Inc., and the third shows how they
overestimate child costs.
Minutes of Meetings - Full Commission
Minutes of Meetings - Statute Review Subcommittee
The Statute Review Subcommittee is, along with
the Economic Study Subcommittee, the most important subcommittee
of the new commission as will recommend clarifications to HB 221
to the 2006 legislature. It's first meeting was held June 23, 2005.
June 23, 2005. [MSWord]
Mark Rogers’ own minutes of that meeting. [MSWord]
July 13, 2005. [MSWord]
August 25, 2005. [MSWord]
Taken, August 25, 2005. [MSWord]
Mark Rogers’ recommended amendments to the Actions. [MSWord]
September 9,2005. [MSWord]
Taken, September 9, 2005. [MSWord]
Minutes of Meetings - Economic Study Subcommittee
Minutes of Meetings - Forms Subcommittee