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How Is Child Support Determined in Alabama?

When determining child support, a court will apply the Rule 32 of the Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration. In essence, this rule specifies the factors a court shall consider when calculating child support.

Child support is usually determined by looking at the number of children, gross incomes of the parties, work related childcare costs and health insurance costs for the child(ren). However, there are many reasons a court may deviate from the standard calculation, so it is important to consult an attorney with experience in this area of law if you are involved in a child support action.

What Age Does Child Support Stop in Alabama?

The age of majority in Alabama is nineteen (19), and child support will cease at that time in nearly all cases. Post-minority support (college) can no longer be ordered by a court, pursuant to ex parte Christopher, 145 So.3d 60 (Ala. 2013).

However, if post-minority support was previously agreed upon or ordered by a court prior to the entry of Ex parte Christopher, that order remains enforceable. In some instances, child support may be ordered past the age of nineteen (19) if a child suffers from a disability which is permanent in nature and the disability prevents the child from earning an income sufficient to provide for his or her reasonable living expenses.

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