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Understanding The Alabama Child Support System

For a divorcing couple with children, the first question they ask is often about child support. Who pays it? Who receives it? How much will it be? Does custody play a role? These are complicated questions that depend on the facts of each case.

In Alabama, child support is paid by the noncustodial parent, or the parent the child does not live with most of the time.

Calculating Child Support Is More Than Just A Formula

Alabama’s child support laws take into consideration a number of factors to calculate child support, including:

  • The monthly gross income of each party
  • Work-related child care costs
  • Health care costs for the child

Each parent is responsible for an amount proportionate to their income. Generally, the child support guidelines determine the monthly child support obligation; however, under certain circumstances, the judge has some discretion regarding how much is ultimately awarded.

Choose A Lawyer Who Has Handled Child Support Issues For Over A Decade

Whether you think you will be paying, receiving or wishing to modify or terminate child support, attorney Joshua James has the experience to help you understand what to expect regarding child support.

Talk to him today by calling our Montgomery office at 334-356-2521 for a free consultation or filling out our online contact form.