Answer: Yes, according to O.C.G.A.§ 19-6-5 child support can be modified when a party can demonstrate that there has been a substantial change in either parent’s income, financial status or the needs of the child. Usually, modifications can only be requested every two years, but the courts allow for a “hardship” modification when the party loses at least a quarter of their income by job loss or some other hardship.
However, although the courts allow for modifications for loss of income, they do not tolerate willful or voluntary unemployment or underemployment. Upon the presentation of all evidence at a hearing, the Court will make the final decision on whether child support will be modified.
If you or someone you know has questions about the child support modification laws in Georgia, needs help filing a modification or needs legal assistance with other child custody issues, please call The Boddie Law Firm at (404) 287-2393 for a complete consultation.
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