Alabama’s Child Support Guidelines have been amended, effective May 1, 2022, incorporating significant changes to the prior child support guidelines. Some of the most important key changes are as follows:
- All of the support amounts have increased.
- The cap for the maximum combined family income for both parents is now $30,000 per month instead of $20,000 per month.
- The guidelines take into consideration which parent is paying all or part of both health insurance and work-related child care, essentially giving that parent a credit for same; whereas the old guidelines only credited the parent who pays health insurance.
- The new guidelines include a subsistence-level self-support reserve amount to insure that paying parents who are below a certain income level still have income left to pay for their own basic needs.
Whether you have a pre-existing child support order, a divorce decree, or subsequent modification order, these changes to the child support law could potentially result in a decrease or increase of the child support amount from your prior order.
If you would like to discuss a possible child support modification, contact our office for a consultation.