Attorney at Law
2166 Highway 31 So.
Pelham, Alabama 35124
DONNA J. BEAULIEU
No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
Divorce - Contested
In most cases, the party not given custody of the child or children will have to pay a certain sum of child support to the custodial parent. If the parties have a joint custody situation, child support can still be ordered to be paid by one party to the other but, in some cases, based on certain special circumstances, child support can sometimes be waived.
The amount of child support to be paid by the paying parent is determined based on both parents gross monthly income. What constitutes “gross monthly income” is provided under Alabama law. Both parents’ gross monthly income is used in a calculation under the Child Support Guidelines, also provided under Alabama law. A parent paying for certain qualifying child care and medical and dental insurance for the child or children receives a credit for such payments in the calculation under the Guidelines.
An agreement by parties after a divorce to modify child support is not valid unless actually submitted to and approved by a court - usually the court that entered the divorce order.
The amount a parent is already paying under a previous child support order should inform the attorney preparing the new child support calculations so that such information is taken into account.
Every case is different. If you have questions about child support, please do not hesitate to contact us.