Stoddard v. Meyer: The court modified the child support arrangement in accordance with the time schedule of the parties and the difference in their incomes.
By Sarah McCormack, family lawyer
The substantially equal parenting time arrangement that the parties adopted in deviation from what was set forth in their original divorce decree could constitute the requisite change in a child’s needs that would warrant modification of the original child support arrangement.
When the trial court adopted the parties’ de facto joint physical custody schedule, it was proper to deviate child support downward on this basis by subtracting the lower earner’s child support amount from the higher earner’s child support amount to reach the “final” number.
Sarah McCormack grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, before receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and her law degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has participated in two Georgia appellate decisions: Kean v. Marshall, 294 Ga. App. 459 (2008), and RTS Landfill, Inc. v. Appalachian Waste Systems, LLC, 267 Ga. App. 56 (2004). Ms. McCormack shares her household with her husband, Kevin McCormack, a Senior Web Producer for Turner Sports, her son, Dylan, and her daughter, Lark. She is with the firm of Kessler & Solomiany LLP, in Georgia.