Parents in Georgia, as in all states, may find that the most difficult agreements to make in the case of a divorce revolve around their children. The parents should be focused on creating arrangements that are best for the children and will meet their needs, but they often become pawns that parents use against each other. It is important for all involved to remember that any arrangement involving the children should strive to do what is best for them, regardless of their personal feelings.
NBA point guard Steve Nash is currently involved in a child support dispute with his ex-wife regarding their three children. He claims that he has no desire or need to pay child support since the divorce agreement made his ex-wife a millionaire. He also claims to cover the vast majority of the costs associated with the children's medical bills, hobbies and childcare. His ex-wife reportedly makes $300,000 a month and he feels that she should be able to easily handle any remaining costs associated with the children. His assertion is that any child support payments that he would make would be used improperly to spoil the children. His ex-wife asserts that he makes over $1 million more every month than she does, and some of that money should go towards their children.
Child support is payment by the non-custodial parent to help meet the needs of a divorced couple's children. The non-custodial parent is defined as the parent with whom the children do not live. The amount to be paid is based on the child support guidelines in the state where the order is made. The factors involved are the income of the non-custodial and custodial parents, the number of children and the needs of the children. However, a court is allowed to deviate from these guidelines if the circumstances justify such a decision such as an increase or decrease in the income of one of the parents or in their cost of living. In this case, both parents appear to have significant amounts of money. The non-custodial parent covers the majority of the costs associated with the children already and provided quite a bit of money to his wife in the divorce. These circumstances may constitute a deviation from the child support guidelines in their state as there may be no need for a child support order.
Source: MStars News, "Steve Nash Child Support: Lakers Star Battling Ex-Wife After Divorce, Hopeful for Dwight Howard Los Angeles Return Next Season," Jon Niles, Apr. 30, 2013