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Welcome to Georgia's Child Support Calculators
Welcome to the Georgia Child Support Commission's website where you have access to the two downloadable Microsoft Excel™ child support calculators, as well as the Pen & Ink EZ Form Worksheet, on which you can manually calculate child support in emergency situations. The Printable Worksheet for Hand Calculations has been eliminated and is no longer be available for use. The Microsoft Excel™ child support calculators, Version 9.4, are now available for download. See Section 5 below, Excel Version Release Updates, for more information. These calculators have been developed and made available by the Georgia Commission on Child Support as the official calculators for Georgia's Child Support Guidelines statute, O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15.
Electronic Excel Worksheet (Standard Form)

(Rev. v9.4-07/01/17)

This Excel Child Support calculator allows entry of information directly on the Worksheet and Schedules. This is the same Excel calculator that has been available for use since January 1, 2007.
Electronic Excel Worksheet with Data Entry Form

(Rev. v9.4-07/01/17)

This Excel Child Support calculator allows entry of information directly on a Data Entry Form that will auto-populate the Worksheet and Schedules. This version is recommended for self-represented individuals and first time users.
Pen & Paper EZ Worksheet


(Rev. v3.2-07/01/14)

This EZ Paper Worksheet must be printed for use. It requires use of Adobe Acrobat Reader to open for printing. Use this worksheet for basic child support calculations when deviations and other adjustments are not being sought. Line by line instruction is included in the User Guide. Use of a hand held calculator is recommended.
1. Requirements to run the downloadable Excel Calculators on your computer
2. How to download the Excel Calculator and EZ Paper Worksheet
3. How the downloadable Excel Calculators work
4. Overview of downloadable Excel Calculators and EZ Paper Worksheet
5. Excel Version Release Updates
6. FAQs
1) Requirements to run downloadable Excel Calculator on your computer
A. Compatibility Notice
The calculators are not compatible with Microsoft Office 365 Excel, Open Office, Corel Quattro Pro, or other non-Microsoft spreadsheet software programs.
B. Computers and Macros Security Settings

Your computer's macros security settings are generally pre-set at a High or protected level. Macros used in both Excel calculators allow the calculators to read the Basic Child Support Obligation table and perform difficult calculations. All macros used in the Calculators are secure and will not damage or harm your computer. However, by default, Excel protects you from running macros, which in this situation must be allowed. To use the Excel calculators, you will need to change the macro security settings of your computer; otherwise, the macros will automatically disable the Excel calculator when opened on your computer.

C. Macro Security Setting instructions that apply to Microsoft Excel 2007
Use the following procedure to change the macro security pre-setting in your computer.
  • In Excel, find the Microsoft Windows symbol/Office Button located in the top left corner of the screen. Single click that button and a drop-down box will open. Select and single click "Excel Options" found at the bottom right of that box and the Excel Options box will open.
  • On the left side of that page, find "Trust Center" and single click to open another box. At the far right middle of this box select "Trust Center Settings." A Trust Center box will open and display macros settings options.
  • Under Macro Settings, find the second radio button "Disable All Macros with Notification," and click the radio button one time to make the selection active.
  • Select OK, and then select OK again to close the boxes and complete the task.
After changing the macro security settings, when you open the Excel calculator, a Security Warning message will display above the Formula Bar. The message "Security Warning - Macros have been disabled Options" will display. Select Options and a Security Alert - Macro message box will open. Change the radio button selection to "Enable this Content" and select OK. The calculator is now ready to use.

You may also want to visit the Microsoft website: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support for more information on Excel 2007.

D. Macro Security Instructions that apply to Microsoft Excel 2010
Use the following procedure to change the macro security pre-setting in your computer.
  • Click the File tab, click Options and the Excel Options Dialog box displays.
  • Find on the left side of the page "Trust Center," and single click to display the Trust Center Information. At the bottom right of the Trust Center Information, click "Trust Center Settings."
  • On the left side of the page, find "Macro Setting," and then single click to display the Macro Settings information.
  • Under Macro Settings, find the second radio button "Disable all macros with notification," and click the radio button one time to make the selection active.
  • Click "OK" two times to close both dialog boxes.
After changing the macro security settings, when you open the Excel calculator, a Security Warning message will display above the Formula Bar. The message "Security Warning - Macros have been disabled - Enable Content" will display. Select Enable Content and the calculator will be ready for use.

E. Macro Security Instructions that apply to Microsoft Excel 2013
Use the following procedure to change the macro security pre-setting in your computer.
  • Click the File tab, click Options and the Excel Options Dialog box displays.
  • Find on the left side of the page "Trust Center," and single click to display the Trust Center Information. At the bottom right of the Trust Center Information, click "Trust Center Settings."
  • On the left side of the page, find "Macro Settings," and single click to display the Macro Settings Information.
  • Under Macro Settings, find the second radio button "Disable all macros with notification," and click the radio button one time to make the selection active.
  • Click "OK" two times to close both dialog boxes.
After changing the macro security settings, when you open the Excel calculator, two Security Warning messages will display above the Formula Bar. The message "Protected View - Be Careful - files from the internet may contain viruses. Unless you need to edit, it is safer to stay in Protected Views." Select "Enable Editing." The message "Security Warning - Macros have been disabled" will display. Select Enable Content and the calculator will be ready for use.

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2) How to download the Excel Calculator and EZ Paper Worksheet
To download a Child Support Calculator or EZ Paper Worksheet, click the download link at the top of this page for the calculator you want to use. Enter the desired file name in the "file name" box. In the "Save as type" box select "Excel Macro-Enabled workbook" from the context menu that appears. Choose a location where you can save and easily access the file for your use. Suggestions are your desktop, your My Documents folder, CD drive, jump drive, etc. Important: When opening the Excel calculators, always enable macros.
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3) How the Excel Calculators work
A. Information can only be entered in yellow colored fields. The following example represents the display of an automatic calculation on the Worksheet, Lines 11 and 13, which have white non-enterable calculation fields, and the entry of a parent's Social Security payment of $900 to a child on Line 12, in a yellow fillable field.

B. Additional instructions, information or definitions will be indicated with a red triangle in the top right-hand corner of a box or field. To display, position the cursor over the red triangle. An example follows:



C. Always begin by reviewing the information under the "Start Here" tab. This tab gives you the basic steps for entering data.

D. Move through the fields by pressing the "Tab" or "Enter" keys on your keyboard.

E. At any time as you enter data in fields, you can save and re-save the worksheet. Select a file name you will easily remember, such as a name of a party or the civil action case number, so the file name is unique. Print the worksheet and schedules when needed and retain a copy for your records.

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4) Components of the Excel Calculators and EZ Paper Worksheet
A. Excel Calculator Worksheet and Schedules:

The downloadable Excel Child Support Calculator allows you to enter your information directly onto the worksheet and schedules. Enter information and amounts in yellow fields only. Calculations are performed using formulas and resulting amounts are placed in the appropriate fields on the forms. The tabs indicated below make up this calculator:

   A) Start Here - Instructions - always begin at this tab
   B) CS Worksheet - the Child Support Worksheet
   C) Schedule A - Gross Income
   D) Self-Employment Calculator
   E) Schedule B - Adjusted Income
   F) Schedule C - RESERVED FOR FUTURE USE
   G) Schedule D - Additional Expenses
   H) Schedule D Supplemental Tables, 2, 3 & 4 (for more than three children)
   I) Schedule E - Deviations (Special Expenses)
   J) Schedule E Supplemental Tables, 2, 3 & 4 (for more than three children)
   K) Footnotes - available for case notes
   L) Explanation of Terms - definitions
   M) BCSO - Basic Child Support Obligation Table

B. Excel Calculator with Data Entry Form
The downloadable Child Support Calculator with Data Entry Form allows you to enter information onto a one-page continuous form rather than directly on the worksheet and schedules. This form is easier for people unfamiliar with the child support calculators to use. Enter information and amounts in yellow fields only. Calculations are performed using formulas and resulting amounts are placed in the appropriate fields on the forms. The tabs indicated below make up this calculator.

   A) Start Here - Instructions - always begin at this tab
   B) Data Entry Form (ENTER/UPDATE INFORMATION ON THIS TAB)
   C) CS Worksheet - the Child Support Worksheet - view only
   D) Schedule A - Gross Income - view only
   E) Self-Employment Calculator - enterable fields*
   F) Schedule B - Adjusted Income - view only
   G) Schedule C - RESERVED FOR FUTURE USE
   H) Schedule D - Additional Expenses - view only
   I) Schedule D - Supplemental Tables, 2, 3 and 4 (for more than three children) - view only
   J) Schedule E - Deviations (Special Expenses) - view only
   K) Schedule E - Supplemental Tables, 2, 3 and 4 (for more than three children) - view only
   L) Footnotes - available for case notes
   M) Explanation of Terms - definitions
   N) BCSO - Basic Child Support Obligation Table

C. Downloadable EZ Paper Worksheet (Manual calculations required)
The PDF Child Support EZ paper forms allow you to download and print the EZ two-page calculator form that does not contain built-in formulas for calculations. You will use the line by line User Guide instructions to guide you through the worksheet, along with the help of a hand-held calculator. This version does not include calculations for adjusted income (entered on Schedule B) or Deviations (entered on Schedule E). If you need to include any of these calculations in your worksheet, you must use one of the Excel worksheets described above, or the Online Child Support Calculator.


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5) Excel Version Release Updates
The official printed worksheet and schedule forms always reflect the most current version number. If you have not downloaded the current version, please do so now.

On July 1, 2017, version 9.4 of the Excel electronic Child Support Calculators was released. Senate Bill 137, a bill regarding the Child Support Guidelines, passed the General Assembly and was signed by Governor Deal on May 9, 2017, and effective on July 1, 2017. Part I, Section 1-6 of SB 137 changes the parenting time deviation, as entered on Schedule E, allowing the deviation to be entered as either an upward or downward amount. See O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15(i)(2)(K).

On March 22, 2017, version 9.3 of the Excel electronic Child Support Calculators was released. The Georgia Commission on Child Support, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 19-6-53(a)(3)(B)(iv), has the statutory responsibility to adjust formulas annually that are used in calculating Social Security (FICA) taxes for self-employment as changes occur in federal tax laws. As a result, the formulas used for calculations on Line 3 of Schedule B, in both electronic Excel calculators, have been updated.

On September 17, 2015, version 9.2 of the Excel Child Support Calculators was released. The Data Entry Form calculator was updated by adding the word "monthly" to the instruction at Question 42 for clarification. The Data Entry Form and the standard calculators were enhanced pursuant to requirements for the Duration of Child Support Responsibility as defined by O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15(e).

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6) FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions is a list of questions and answers providing information to assist in better understanding the calculator tools and information on Georgia's Child Support Guidelines statute found at O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15.

Excel Child Support Calculator
Frequently Asked Questions



A. Should I use the standard Excel calculator or the Data Entry Form calculator?

The answer to that question will depend on your preference and level of experience with using Excel. The standard version allows you to enter information directly onto the worksheet and schedules where you can immediately see the calculations. The data entry form version uses a single continuous page where information is entered but the calculations display separately on the forms. The data entry form may be most appropriate for new users. Either version will display your information and calculations in the exact same format on the printed forms.

B. If I have previously downloaded the Excel calculator, how do I know that I have the most current version?

The most current version of the two Excel calculators will always be online with the version number displayed at the bottom right of each form. You should currently be using Version 9.4.

C. A Microsoft Office Excel message box appeared when I tried to enter numbers or information in a white field. The message seems to suggest that I need a password to unprotect the worksheet and schedules in order to use them. Why does this message appear and what do I need to do?

The Excel calculator is an Excel workbook and each tab found at the bottom of the workbook is considered a spreadsheet. Excel uses formulas in cells to make calculations based upon the numbers you enter in the appropriate yellow colored fields or cells. In order to protect the formulas, the entire Excel workbook, including all spreadsheet tabs, is protected. If you encounter this message it is because you are attempting to enter numbers in an incorrect field. To avoid the message, enter all numbers in yellow colored fields. No password is needed to resolve this issue, but you will need to cancel the error message that displays on your screen.

D. How do I use the calculator, if I do not have Excel on my computer?

There are several options available to one who does not have the Microsoft Excel software on their computer. 1) All public libraries in Georgia have computers available for public access where one may use the Internet to download the Excel calculator. It is recommended that you take a jump or flash drive, or a CD with you to the library so you can download and save your own copy of the worksheet. You may return to the library at different times and use your saved copy to begin or complete your child support worksheet. 2) Another alternative for you to consider is to visit a Family Law Information Center (FLIC), if available in your county. Check your local county government website for that information. You may also refer to the telephone directory and search under the name of your county government. Not all counties in Georgia have a FLIC office, so other alternatives for you to consider are, 3) colleges, high schools, churches, senior centers, family, friends and neighbors. The local Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) or Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office may also have a computer you can use to create a worksheet.

E. What versions of Excel are compatible with the calculator?

You can use the calculator with Excel 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2011 for the Mac.

F. When using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2011 for the Mac, what is the best way to save my worksheet file?

In order to save an Excel workbook file, you will need to change the file format type. To save the file, click "Save As" and when the dialog box opens you will see an option at the bottom that says "Save as type." Click on the down arrow to the right of the box. A drop-down menu will appear. Select "Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook."

G. Why do I see "#Name?" on the worksheet and schedules when I try to use the Excel calculator?

"#NAME?" is a type of error message that appears when the Excel Macro Security setting is not properly set for the child support calculator or the macros were not enabled when the child support calculator was opened. Macros used in the Excel calculators allow the calculator to read the Basic Child Support Obligation Table, a necessary operation of the calculation process. See the "Start Here" tab of the calculator for instructions on how to correctly activate your computer's security settings to allow use of macros. Always enable the macros as you open the worksheet to avoid this error message.

H. Why don't users enter rounded numbers in the Excel calculator for the schedules and worksheet?

All dollar amounts entered in the worksheet and schedules are to be entered in exact amounts, including cents. Doing so will ensure consistency in calculations. For example: an amount is entered including cents as 2532.61 rather than 2532 or 2533.

I. What is the logic for how numbers are rounded in the formulas in the Excel calculator tool for the worksheet and schedules?

There are several calculations made on both Schedules D and E where division is used to determine each parent's share of a monthly expense. The results of this division can produce answers that go beyond two decimal points following the whole dollar amount. For example, an answer for each parent on a line could be $59.656. In these instances where the answers for both parents round higher, the final rounding could result in a calculation that is off by a penny.

J. I have a Mac Computer. Will I be able to download the Excel calculators and use the application on my Mac computer?

Yes, you will. Unfortunately though, the Excel for Mac 2008 version does not use or support Visual Basic Code (VBA), which is used and is necessary to run the Excel calculators; therefore, it will be necessary for you to use the Excel for Mac 2004 or 2011 version to create a worksheet when using the calculators.

K. How do I submit my Excel worksheets to the court?

Each court has their own process for submitting child support worksheets and schedules. Some courts have a standing order as to how that court processes child support documentation. The best advice is for you to contact the clerk's office at your local courthouse to find out their process for submission. http://www.gsccca.org/.

L. If I don't know the answer to a calculator technical question, who should I contact?

You may e-mail the Georgia Commission on Child Support at childsupport@georgiacourts.gov. To learn more about the Georgia Commission on Child Support, please see the following website: http://csc.georgiacourts.gov. If you have specific questions on your own case, please do not contact the Child Support Commission; instead, consult with an attorney or your local Legal Aid or Legal Services office at www.georgialegalaid.org. The Child Support Commission has no involvement with individual cases and cannot provide legal advice. If you have an active case with the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) you may contact the agency directly (844-694-2347) or at their website, http://dcss.dhs.georgia.gov/

M. How do I correctly apply credit for payments on preexisting child support orders when doing a guideline calculation?

You must first determine if the order pre-exists the order in the current case. (See the definition for Preexisting Order at O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15(a)(18)). If it does, then it is a pre-existing order. Next you must determine if child support is actually being paid. Determine the amount to use as an adjustment to gross income on Schedule B by averaging the current child support that has actually been paid over the prior 12 month period (or a shorter number of months, if the preexisting order was entered less than 12 months ago) and use that monthly average in the calculation.

N. Where can individuals go for legal assistance?

To seek an attorney, you may contact your local area Bar Association: http://www.gabar.org/forthepublic/findalawyer.cfm for attorney information. You may also contact the State Bar of Georgia at (404) 527-8700 or (800) 334-6865. If you cannot afford a private attorney you may contact your local Legal Aid or Legal Services' office to see if you meet the income requirements for representation. You may visit their website at: www.georgialegalaid.org/ or http://www.glsp.org/.

O. Where can I find more information about Georgia's Child Support Guidelines?

The Georgia Commission on Child Support website http://csc.georgiacourts.gov/ provides helpful information, including access to copy of the guidelines statute.

P. What is Rule 24.2?

The Supreme Court of Georgia approved Superior Court Rule 24.2 in December 2006, which details filing requirements and includes a copy of a Financial Affidavit used in child support actions. The rule is promulgated by the Council of Superior Court Judges. It sets forth the procedure and how to implement the child support guidelines as found in the Georgia Code as O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15. Below is the current version of this rule as approved by the Georgia Supreme Court.

24.2. Financial data required; scheduling and notice of temporary hearing.  At the time of filing any action for temporary or permanent child support, alimony, equitable division of property, modification of child support or alimony or attorney's fees, the filing party shall file with the Clerk of Court the affidavit specifying his or her financial circumstances in the form set forth herein and, in cases involving child support, the schedules required by O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15 (effective January 1, 2007, as thereafter amended or revised), and shall serve the same upon the opposing party. In protective order actions filed under O.C.G.A. § 19-13-1, et. seq. and in other emergency actions, the affidavit and schedules may be filed and served on or before the date of the hearing or at such other time as the court orders, and shall not be required at the time of filing of the action. Notice of the date of any temporary hearing shall be served upon the adverse party at least 15 days before the date of the hearing, unless otherwise ordered by the court. The opposing party shall serve the affidavit specifying his or her financial circumstances in the form set forth herein and the schedules, where applicable, and shall file with the Clerk of Court and exchange this information with the opposing party:

   (a) at least five days prior to any temporary hearing;
   (b) at least five days prior to any court ordered mediation; or
   (c) with his or her answer or thirty days after service of the complaint, whichever first occurs, if no application for a temporary award is made and the parties do not participate in mediation prior to trial.

Any amendments to the affidavits or schedules shall be exchanged at least 10 days prior to hearing or trial.

Each party shall submit the proposed worksheet required by O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15 (effective January 1, 2007 and as amended or revised thereafter) at the time of hearing or trial.

On the request of either party, and upon good cause shown to the court, the affidavits, worksheets, schedules, and any other financial information may be sealed, upon order of the court.

No social security numbers or account numbers shall be included in any document filed with the Court.

Failure of any party to furnish the above financial information, in the discretion of the court, may subject the offending party to the penalties of contempt and may result in continuance of the hearing until such time as the required financial information is furnished or such other sanctions or remedies deemed appropriate in the court's discretion.

You may view this rule in its entirety on-line at:
http://csc.georgiacourts.gov/content/legislation-and-rules

Q. What is Rule 24.2A?

Superior Court Rule 24.2A was approved by the Georgia Supreme Court in December 2007. This rule provides for the implementation of uniform multipliers to be used by Georgia Courts. Below is the current version of this rule as approved by the Georgia Supreme Court.

"Rule 24.2 A" Monthly figures required; week to month multipliers

In all domestic cases in which a conversion of economic data from weekly to monthly must be made, a conversion factor of 4.35 weeks per month shall be used. In calculating monthly income based upon a forty hour work week, hourly salary shall be multiplied by 174 hours."

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