Alabama Child Support Payment Calculator: How Much You Should Pay

Child Support Payments Alabama Child Support Payment Calculator: How Much You Should Pay

Alabama Child Support Payment Calculator: How Much You Should Pay

Each state in the United States has established its own procedures for use in child support cases, and Alabama is not an exception. According to Alabama law, each parent should take equitable responsibility in raising a child they sired or adopted together before separation or divorce. Although the trial judge has the final say on the final amount, using the Alabama child support calculator can give a rough estimate of what you might expect.

Also, parents who choose to avoid court hearings can use the calculator to agree on how much the non-custodial parent pays the other one, after which they can get this agreement made official by the court.

However, if your child support order was issued, but your ex has gone missing and is neither replying to your calls or emails nor making the payments, DoNotPay can help. We assist Alabama residents to escape the stress of writing to their uncooperative ex-partner by making the process more straightforward.

How is Child Support Calculated in Alabama?

The commonly followed model in Alabama child support court trials, is the "Income Share Model." The formula basically divides the total monthly cost of raising a child equitably between the two parents, i.e., depending on their income.

Using the Income Share Model, the calculation of child support is essentially a four-step process:

StepsExample of Calculation
Step 1Calculate the gross income of both parents and add them together.Add Bob and Mary's gross monthly incomes to a combined gross income of $4000.
Step 2Apply the combined gross income of the parents and apply them to Alabama's schedule of basic child-support obligations.Apply the combined income of the parents to Alabama's schedule of basic child support obligations. In this case, we have calculated that the basic child support obligation is $546.00.
Step 3Calculate the child support obligation by adding expenditures for work-related child care expenses and extraordinary medical expenses to the basic child support obligation.Add $50 in child care expenses to the $546.00 basic child support obligation. The total calculated child support obligation is $596.00.
Step 4The final calculation is to divide the total child support obligation between the parents in proportion to their adjusted gross incomes. The obligation of each parent is computed by multiplying the total child support obligation by each parent's percentage share of their combined adjusted gross income. The custodial parent shall be presumed to spend his or her share directly on the child.Finally, prorate the obligation between the mother and father based on their respective shares of total income. The father's presumptive child support obligation is thus 50% x $596.00, or $298 per month.

Other Deviating Factors

Nevertheless, the court may deviate when any parent raises factors unique to them. These factors include:

  • Increased parenting time for the non-custodial parent: Although there are no clear guidelines in AL on how to handle a scenario where the non-resident parent has considerable parenting time, Alabama courts will factor in this to reimburse the paying parent some costs due to the increased parenting time.
  • Best interests of the child: The court or presiding judge is required to decide the child support in AL depending on what can be considered just to the child. A good example is imputing the income when either parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed. Imputing means the court will determine the revenue depending on historical earnings and current qualifications rather than the parent's current income in question. Other factors can include a child's needs like medical expenses, special cases, or education expenses.

The judge can also use any other method to deviate from Alabama child support guidelines. For instance, if they think it is critical in determining rightful child support. Or when considering the different situations of the paying parents, like support to other children, medical needs, or inability to do specific high-earning jobs.

Can Child Support Get Modified in AL?

After an Alabama child support order is issued in Alabama, either parent can file for modification. However, they must have substantial grounds for why they seek the initial amount modified. The common reasons are either; any parent's income has changed or parenting time has changed significantly. In either case, the court can accept to modify only if this change causes a 10% or more change in child support.

Child Support Arrears: Request for Waiver Using DoNotPay

If you have received a child support demand letter from your ex but are struggling to keep up with child support payment, you are risking expensive litigation or even jail time. The wise step here is to contact the child support agency to know whether they reduce your debt, which DoNotPay can help you do in 3 easy steps!

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, and the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


DoNotPay Works Across All States With the Click of a Button

Each state has different rules and regulations regarding child support, making the entire process confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, DoNotPay has child support guides for each state. Find yours below:

South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
FloridaNorth CarolinaWisconsin

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