It cannot be overstated how important child support can be for kids. When two parents are not in a relationship, child support payments are there to make sure the needs of children are met. However, there are many questions regarding how child support is calculated. A recent study showed that payments vary across the nation and that many factors influence how much child support a parent will have to pay. The averages in Alabama may be both surprising and informative to families here.
The study was conducted by an app that helps parents manage shared custody of children. The researchers looked at the levels of child support payments in each state, based on a fictional family. The sample family had two children, aged 7 and 10. The fictional mother makes $45,000 and retains 65% of custody time, while the fictional father makes $55,000. The researchers found that Alabama ranked right in the middle of the list of highest child support payments, at spot number 24 with $758 a month.
It should be noted that courts will use many factors to determine child support, and that judges can decide to award amounts that differ from the state average. Representatives for the study pointed out that a court doesn’t want the payments to be so low that the child doesn’t receive proper care, but it also doesn’t want payments to be too high for the parent making it. Four states don’t even take a mother’s income level into account, but Alabama is not one of them.
In all situations, it is imperative that children are properly cared for no matter what the situation is between their parents. Those here in Alabama who have difficulty making or collecting their child support may want to consult an attorney. A family law attorney can help create a child support agreement or modify an existing one. It may be the best way to ensure children’s needs are met.