Over many years, private institutions, states and the federal government have conducted studies on the impact of child support on children and families overall. Additionally, there has been the realization that when courts impose child support awards that are unaffordable (primarily by noncustodial fathers), there are major negative impacts on communities. This page contains links to economic studies and social impact studies on the issue of when child support is not affordable.
Foundation for Proposed Self-Support Calculations
The first link is related to the study underlying the proposed legislation of this project. The focus is on how a dramatic percentage of low-income child support payers in Georgia are pushed below the poverty line by current child support guidelines. Also examined are some of the procedural bumps in the road to modification when an obligor loses income or a job.
New article on what states are doing to address low-income situations for child support determination–Georgia is at the bottom of the list for fairness on ability to pay for low-income child support payers
This article was prepared for presentation to the low-income study committee of the Georgia Child Support Commission. The findings give details and also summarize what other states are doing. But Georgia stands out in several respects. Did you know that Georgia has the highest presumptive minimum award in the U.S.? Most states use formulas for making adjustments to awards to ensure noncustodial parents have enough income after child support to pay for basic needs. Georgia does not have a formula. Finally, Georgia has one of the highest child cost tables in the U.S. These facets of child support calculations in Georgia create many problems for low-income obligors simply because the overall guideline costs and lack of self-support formulas automatically create an unable to pay situation.
More studies being added—check back.