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Alabama Child Support Guidelines

Familiarize Yourself With Factors Used to Determine Child Support in Alabama


A court in Alabama uses several criteria to determine an appropriate child support amount during a child support hearing. In Alabama, parents are obligated to support a minor child until the child turns age 19 or graduates from high school, whichever comes first. Here is some more information about elements considered in an Alabama child support case:

Income Sources

Child support in Alabama is calculated based on the combined income of both parents. Income includes:

  • Salaries
  • Commissions
  • Bonuses
  • Pension
  • Retirements
  • Gifts
  • Disability payments
  • Any and all money due and payable to a person

Child Support Factors

In Alabama, the court will consider the following factors, prior to awarding child support:

  • Number of children who are the subject of the child support suit
  • Amount of support paid for other children
  • Daycare expenses
  • Parents' income
  • Health care expenses

Non-Income Based Child Support Factors

In addition to income-based child support, a judge may order a parent in Alabama to:

  • Add a child to the parent's health insurance
  • Contribute to extraordinary medical expenses

For more information about factors considered in a child support order in Alabama, speak with a qualified attorney in Alabama or refer to Alabama's Schedule of Basic Child Support Obligations.

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