To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.
When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Alabama.
Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.
For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.
These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.
These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.
Child support is not only based on the idea that both parents are legally obligated to provide care for their children, but also that children deserve to have the same standard of living they would have had if their family unit had stayed intact. When parents no longer live together, there are many issues that arise around the issue of child support. Below is some brief information about common Alabama child support issues.
Child Support Calculations
The amount of support a non-custodial parent has to pay in child support every month is based on state guidelines. In general, the gross income of both parents, daycare and medical expenses are taken into account when determining the amount of child support the non-custodial parent will have to pay each month.
Collecting and Dispensing Child Support
Child support payments may be made directly from one parent to the other or through income withholding. All child support payments made through income withholding are processed through the Alabama Child Support Payment Center. The Center disburses child support payments on the same day they are received; you may choose to have child support sent to you through check, direct deposit or a debit card.
As a non-custodial parent, you have a legal right to spend time with your children. Child support and child visitation are not connected to each other. So, even if a non-custodial parent is not paying child support, he or she is still entitled to see their child. Likewise, if a custodial parent is not allowing the non-custodial parent to see his or her child, the non-custodial parent is still legally obligated to pay child support.
Additional Support for Families
Family Assistance is a program that provides financial assistance to low-income families with children. This support is available only on a limited term.
The Child Support Enforcement Division of the Alabama Department of Human Resources manages all aspects of child support, from establishing support orders to finding non-custodial parents. Whether you are in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville or Mobile.