Birmingham Child Support Lawyer
Child Support Attorney Serving Shelby County, Alabama
The obligation to provide financial support for children does not end when parents divorce in Alabama or decide to raise children separately. Regardless of the custody arrangement, parents have an ongoing responsibility to provide for their children financially.
In cases where one parent has custody of a child, the court assumes that the parent is meeting the financial obligations. Therefore, the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay child support. It is important that you understand ALL of your rights and options.
The state of Alabama recognizes that both parents have a financial obligation to support their child or children. If parents decide to live separately and apart, the court will order the non-custodial child to make child support payments in order to fulfill this financial obligation.
In most divorce settlements, a child support order will accompany a custody order, but this isn’t always the case. Whether a divorce settlement has been reached or not, parents who are the primary caregiver for a child can seek child support payments for a child due to separation.
It is important to note that in order for a parent to seek child support payments from the other, paternity, or legal parental rights of the father, must first be established. When a child is born to married parents, paternity is presumed; if the parents are not married, paternity must be established.
How Is Child Support Determined?
When a court determines that a parent must make child support payments, the next question is how much those payments should be. In Alabama, child support obligations are determined based on an income shares model. In the income shares model, both parents’ incomes are taken into account. Upon determining the amount of monthly support a child should receive (per the child support guidelines), each parent is responsible for a proportionate share of that amount.
We can also help you with:
- Enforcing a Child Support Order
- Modifying a Support Order
We want each and every client to know that their case is going to receive the time, dedication, and attention that it deserves.
Contact A Birmingham Child Support Lawyer
It can be difficult to understand your child support obligations. Further, you may have questions about whether the guidelines can be deviated from, how a support order can be modified, and what your rights are if you don’t agree with your ex’s request for child support. Similarly, you may want to find out how a child support order can be enforced. Contact Thomas Family Law, LLC to learn how our Alabama child support lawyer can help you.