Factors That Determine Child Support
The Alabama court system uses child support guidelines to determine the support levels needed as part of the divorce settlement. Here are some factors the court will consider when establishing a child support plan:
- The gross income of each parent
- The existence of work-related child care expenses
- The provision of health insurance by a parent
- The amount of time each parent has with the child
For experienced assistance with your child support and divorce, call 334-625-1754.
Fact Finding And Deliberation
Determining the correct amount of income each spouse receives is not always straightforward. Whether you will obtain or pay support, you can consult with an experienced lawyer at Jones, Hawkins, & Associates in Montgomery for advice and advocacy through the process of child support calculations.
Enforcement And Modification
Sometimes persons other than a biological or adoptive parent may be entitled to receive or pay child support if they hold a parental role in the child’s life. Contact an attorney if you think you are in a position to pay or receive child support, regardless of your relationship to the child.
Parents on both sides of the equation should have quality legal counsel both before and after the determination of child support. If you are receiving support payments and your former spouse refuses to pay child support, you have the right to know your options for enforcing a court order. An experienced lawyer can also help you petition for modification of child support if either or both parents experience significant changes in financial or life circumstances.
Receiving Child Support
If you have primary custody of your children after a divorce or separation, you will want to ensure that you receive the appropriate support from your child’s parent. The reality of maintaining a household for your children and providing food, clothing, shelter and educational opportunities necessitates an equitable child support arrangement.
Paying Child Support
If you will pay child support, it is essential to make sure that the amount of child support you are ordered to pay is fair to you and the children. Your financial health is also important. If you have a current support agreement and are behind on your child support payments, you risk your driving privileges or may be denied a passport. Some parents who do not pay their support can even go to prison if they do not pay the court-ordered amount of child support. We can advise you how to best deal with this situation.
Legal Advice Is Key
It is of the utmost importance to get skilled legal advice for the best outcome possible in this area of your overall divorce settlement. It is a significant factor in you and your children’s financial future.
Whatever your challenges related to child support, we invite you to contact an Alabama family law attorney at Jones, Hawkins, & Associates, LLC, in Montgomery. Reach us by phone at 334-625-1754 or by email through this website to schedule a consultation.