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Lawmakers propose changes in child support

Albany- Right now, payments are based on the gross income of the parent who does not have custody.

House bill 221 would use a formula that takes both parents' income into account. It could also lower payments for parents who spend money during visits with their children.

"I think opponents of this bill have some legitimate concerns in how it's going to effect low-income households. That could really hurt several of our neediest children," says attorney Katherine Ingram.

Georgia is one of the few states that bases support payments on income and not the needs of the children. The bill is scheduled for discussion by the house judiciary committee Tuesday.

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