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How is child support calculated in Alabama?

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2021 | Child Support

As children in Alabama grow they have many needs and it is expected that parents provide for these needs. Parents need to provide for the basic needs such as providing their children food, clothing and a home. Simply providing for those needs can be expensive, but they also need to provide for many other expenses as well. These can include paying for health insurance and medical costs. Parents may need to pay for child-care when they are younger. Children may also be involved in various activities, entertainment and other costs.

Parents are expected to provide for their children’s needs whether they are married or not. It may be easier for both parents to be involved in providing for these expenses when they are married though. After a divorce it can be easy for these responsibilities to fall on the parent who has the children more often, but it is important that both parents continue to provide for the financial needs of the children. To ensure this happens one parent will often times be required to pay child support to the other parent.

Basic child support calculations

The amount that the parent will pay depends on a number of factors. The main factor is the income of the parents. Child support takes into account the parents’ adjusted gross income, which is their gross income from all sources minus child support they pay for a non-joint child and spousal support that they may pay. Basic child support then uses a schedule which states the child support amount based on the parents’ combined adjusted gross income and the number of children they have together. In addition to basic support, child support can include payments for health insurance premiums and child-care costs.

Many parents in Alabama are going through a divorce. If they have minor children, they will need to make determinations regarding child support. While the calculation may seem fairly straightforward, there can be complications that arise. In some situations simply determining a parent’s gross income can be difficult. Experienced attorneys understand how child support is calculated and may be able to guide one through the process.