Georgia child support deviations - Nonspecific deviation
The court can deviate from the presumptive child support amount calculated by the child support worksheets for several reasons, IF the child support deviation is in the best interest of the child(ren) for whom child support is being determined. OCGA §19-6-15(i)(1)(A). The final deviation category under the statute is nonspecific deviation. OCGA §19-6-15(i)(3).
The nonspecific deviation category is a catch-all deviation, included to cover specific situations that may not have been contemplated by the Legislature. Specifically, the statute says that a deviation “may be appropriate for reasons in addition to those established under this subsection.” Id. Every family situation is unique and what applies in one family may not apply in another. This deviation gives a parent the ability to ask for a deviation for any reason, but the deviation may only be granted “when the court or the jury finds it is in the best interest of the child.” Id.