Rule 32, Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration, defines how child support is calculated. This calculation takes into consideration both parents’ obligation to financially provide for their children until the age of nineteen (19). There are many online calculators that are offered to assist a person in determining the proper amount of child support to be paid. However, there are many intricacies to this calculation that support inaccurately. For example, most calculators assume a scenario wherein a non-custodial parent is paying the custodial parent or primary caregiver. These calculations do not tell you the proper amount to be included for health insurance costs or childcare costs. Often, these websites do not provide instruction on how to handle disability benefits paid to a child or how to calculate child support where the parties exercise joint legal and joint physical custody.

Do you have questions about how much child support you should receive or you should pay? Are you owed child support arrears or do you owe child support arrears? Do you need assistance in determining if you should modify or seek a termination of the child support award? Contact my office and let me assist you in getting the right answers to your questions.