What You Need to Know About Child Support in Alabama

Child support is among the most hot-button divorce-related issues, and whether you are the financially dependent or the financially independent spouse, you most likely have a lot on your mind. Our experienced Alabama family law attorneys have helped countless individuals through the divorce process for years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Please continue reading and speak with our firm to learn more about child support in Alabama and how we can assist you and your family. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process ahead:

What are the child support guidelines in Alabama?

Essentially, in the state of Alabama, child support is determined through the income shares model, which essentially is how the court will estimate each parent’s total obligation based on the amount of financial support that would have been available to the child, should the parents have remained together. Both parents’ income is a critical factor in this decision. Furthermore, the number of children under the age of 19 that parents share, among other factors, will also play a role in determining child support payments.

What do courts consider when determining child support in Alabama?

Though the formula does play a large role in determining child support in Alabama, there are a wide array of additional factors that a court may consider before finalizing a child support agreement. For example, they may consider the child custody agreement in place, whether the child receives assets or income, the potential cost of transportation for visitation, and more. Bear in mind that ultimately, Alabama courts will hold the best interests of your child as the most important factor.

Can I modify my child support agreement in the future?

Fortunately, in many cases, you can, as long as you can prove that there has been a significant and continuing change in circumstances. For example, if your child reaches the age of emancipation, you may request the termination of your child support agreement. Additionally, if your child has special needs, or your child plans on attending university, you may request an extension on child support payments. These are just some of the circumstances that may warrant a child support modification, and if you believe that a modification is in order, you should strongly consider speaking with our Alabama family law attorneys today. We are here to help.

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