Birmingham Child Support Lawyer
Critical Legal Support For Your Family
Family courts in Alabama operate under the belief that both parents have a legal responsibility to take care of their children. In practice, this means that the parent who does not live with their children, the non-custodial parent, is required to pay child support to the custodial parent. It is the expectation of the court that children should be afforded the same standard of living that they enjoyed prior to their parents' divorce.
How is Child Support Determined in Alabama?
Child support arrangements are not made until child custody has first been established. Once primary custody has been granted, it becomes the responsibility of the other parent to make monthly child support payments.
The amount of child support owed is determined by:
- The number of children the couple has together
- The monthly income of the non-custodial parent
- The monthly income of the custodial parent
- The amount of child support already being paid
- The cost of day care and health insurance
The dispensation of child support can either be made directly from parent to parent or it can be withheld from the paycheck of the non-custodial parent and distributed through the Alabama Child Support Payment Center. These same-day payments can be made via check, direct deposit, or credited to a debit card.
"During my 30 years in the practice of Family Law, I have seen it all. The diversity of my clients and their particular circumstances has given me a broad exposure to the various circumstances and events that ultimately bring a person to a divorce lawyer. My clients are beneficiaries of those years of experience, and the expertise I have gained along the way."
- Paul Shaw
At What Age Do You Stop Paying Child Support in Alabama?
In Alabama, child support obligations typically end when a child reaches the age of majority, which is 19. However, there are some exceptions:
- If the child is attending college and not working, the non-custodial parent is still obligated to pay support.
- If the child has severe special needs, the judge may extend support obligations into adulthood.
- The family court may make an exception to extend payments or terminate them early.
To learn more about ending your child support payments, contact our Birmingham law firm (205) 259-7650!
What is the Deadbeat Father Law in Alabama?
The Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act of 1998 makes it a felony for parents who flee to avoid child support payments. Any parent can be charged with a crime under the Act if they:
- Travel or move to another state to avoid child support payments
- Fail to make child support payments for more than one year
- Accrue child support arrearages of more than $5,000
Over Three Decades of Family Law Experience
If you are going through a divorce, or have already gone through a divorce, and have questions about child support obligations in Alabama, talk to a Birmingham divorce attorney at Shaw Family Lawyers. We want to help you lay the framework for a healthy future, one that provides financial and emotional stability for your children, maintains their quality of life, and allows you to co-parent them in the best possible situation. We work closely with our clients from start to finish, to get things done right the first time.