Alabama Child Support Calculations

Get an idea of how much your child support obligation will be

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The state of Alabama does not provide an online child support calculator. However, parents in Alabama can still get a sense of how much child support they can expect to receive or pay by referring to child support information at the Administrative Office of Courts for the state of Alabama. Rule 32 of the Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration governs how child support decisions are made in cases of divorce.

The guidelines are based on the income shares model of the National Center for State Courts with the goal that the children would be supported by the same amount of income that would have been available to them had their parents not gotten a divorce.

Child Support Calculators

Websites that provide basic online legal advice provide a calculator based on Alabama's child support guidelines, and this can be used to get an idea of what your particular outcome likely will be, though it is not guaranteed to be the ultimate result. That would depend on your divorce agreement, which might take into account other specific circumstances not addressed in a general calculator, such as children with special needs or medical issues. Also, if both parties agree on a specific amount and that amount is approved by a judge, that amount will supersede the results of a calculation based on the guidelines.

Income Considerations

In Alabama, child support is determined by taking the monthly gross income of both parents and adding it together.

This figure is then used to determine child support. For every income level, from $800 to $20,000 a month, the state has already determined the amount of child support required based on the number of children being raised in the household.

Each parent's adjusted gross income is calculated as a percentage of the couple's joint income, and then each parent pays that same percentage of child support, assuming no other mitigating circumstances exist to modify that number.

For example, if the family's total gross income is $75,000 per year, with the husband making $50,000 annually and the wife $25,000, the husband would be responsible for two-thirds of the required child support for all the children and the wife, one-third. The custodial parent's amount is assumed to be spent on the child on a regular basis. Alimony is a separate situation and if paid, is not a part of the child support calculation.

Other Issues

Issues considered in the child support calculation in addition to income include costs of day care or after-school care, health insurance, and any amount that is paid in child support and alimony as a result of a previous marriage.

Rule 32 includes detailed procedures for factoring in child care and medical costs, along with making modifications to the guidelines, definitions, and details about how the guidelines are applied.