Alabama Child Support Calculator
Alabama Child Support Calculator Tips
This Alabama Child Support Calculator is based on Rule 32 of the Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration, which are subject to change.
Health Insurance – If your children are covered under a family policy (if it also covers you, the parent, and/or your new spouse and stepchildren), you can put the full amount of that policy here.
Child Care Costs – Can only be entered in if they pertain directly to a parent’s work schedule or to a job hunt. In Alabama, child care costs, including day care and after-school care, rates are capped by law. A breakdown of the maximum child care rates allowed can be found here: Alabama Child Support Rates
Armed Forces Members – This can be used as a guideline, but military pay is sometimes calculated case-by-case, depending on the county. There is currently a legal disagreement over whether BAH and BAS pay should be included in your income.
Note that if both parties’ combined income is below $800 or above $20,000 per month, you are off of the Alabama guidelines and support will be determined by a variety of factors either by a Judge or by agreement of the parties. This Alabama Child Support Calculator, however, will give you a lowest or highest estimable amount.
Also note this Alabama Child Support Calculator is based upon the most current Alabama Child Support Calculator Guidelines, but should not be used as numbers set in stone. Unique circumstances, including children with special needs and medical conditions give way to different amounts. Parties can always deviate from the guidelines if both parties agree to the same amount and that amount is approved by a judge. Please see our section on child support and divorce modification for more information.
Special Considerations for Alabama Child Support Calculator
Rule 32 of the Alabama Rules of Judicial Procedure provides for setting an amount different than the amount determined by the standard formula based on:
(i) A fair, written agreement between the parties establishing a
different amount and stating the reasons therefor; or
(ii) A determination by the court, based upon evidence presented in
court and stating the reasons therefor, that application of the
guidelines would be manifestly unjust or inequitable.
(1) REASONS FOR DEVIATING FROM THE GUIDELINES. Reasons for deviating from the guidelines may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Shared physical custody or visitation rights providing for periods of physical custody or care of children by the obligor parent substantially in excess of those customarily approved or ordered by the court;
(b) Extraordinary costs of transportation for purposes of visitation borne substantially by one parent;
(c) Expenses of college education incurred prior to a child’s reaching the age of majority;
(d) Assets of, or unearned income received by or on behalf of, a child or children; and (e) Other facts or circumstances that the court finds contribute to the best interest of the child or children for whom child support is being determined.
The existence of one or more of the reasons enumerated in this section does not require the court to deviate from the guidelines, but the reason or reasons may be considered in deciding whether to deviate from the guidelines. The court may deviate from the guidelines even if no reason enumerated in this section exists, if evidence of other reasons justifying deviation is presented.