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The parties to this case were divorced in 2007, and a child support order was entered as part of the final judgment pursuant to which appellee Joseph Marlowe (Husband) was ordered to pay appellant Ronni Green Marlowe (Wife) $992.00 per month for support of their three children. In 2013, Husband filed a petition to modify the original child support award downward on the ground that his income had diminished. Wife counterclaimed, seeking an upward modification on the ground that she now had work-related child care expenses that were not considered in the original child support award since at the time of the original award the children were not attending daycare. The trial court modified Husband's child support obligation downward to $771.00 per month. The Supreme Court granted Wife's application for discretionary appeal for the purpose of determining whether the trial court abused its discretion in determining the amount of child support due in light of the Georgia Schedule of Basic Child Support Obligations, OCGA 19-6-15. After review, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part. Wife argued the trial court applied the wrong figure listed in the statute; the Supreme Court agreed and remanded the case for further consideration.