Child Support

Whether you need to begin receiving child support or modify support you are already receiving or paying, an experienced family law attorney can help you with the process.

  • Alabama formula determines the amount of child support to be paid – Alabama uses an “income shares” model that considers several factors to determine how much support will be paid.

    • Both parents’ gross (before-taxes) incomes are considered, up to a combined total of $240,000 per year.

    • Health care insurance costs are a part of the formula.

    • Work-related day care/child care expenses are included.

    • The formula also considers any pre-existing child support or alimony obligations and the amount of those obligations.

    • When the combined incomes are above $240,000, the parties are considered outside the guidelines and the court must determine the needs of the child and each party’s ability to pay.

    • Financial support of a child is not an option; it is an obligation. Child support cannot be waived.

    • All forms of gross income of a party are considered – is it easier to say what is not included in gross income: child support received for other children or benefits received from means-tested public assistance programs, including, but not limited to, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps, and general assistance.

    • Child support is paid until a child reaches the age of majority (currently age 19 in Alabama), become emancipated, married, and/or self-supporting.

      • There is support available beyond the age of majority for children with special needs/disabilities.

Child Support
phone 334-821-7799

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Our attorneys practice law in Auburn Alabama and the following surrounding areas:

  • Opelika
  • Loachapoka
  • Notasulga
  • Beauregard
  • Smith's Station
  • Waverly

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