Committee Seeks Change in Alabama Child Support Schedule

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A committee that advises the Alabama Supreme Court says it's time to adjust the Alabama Child Support Schedule.

That would change the amount of money divorced noncustodial parents pay for their children each month.

Middle-income parents could pay up to 36 percent more under recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Child Support Guidelines and Enforcement.

Parents in the lowest income threshold could see their payments drop as much as 71 percent, while those with income of $5,500 or more would see increases up to 9.5 percent.

But the Supreme Court is concerned about the possible impact of the proposed changes and has asked the committee to take another look at the proposal.

Courts use the schedule to determine child support that parents pay or receive.

The committee meets again on the issue on September 21st.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Jo King on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    They did not take into consideration cost of living differences between Alabama and an out of state NCP. It's not fair to go off a salary based in New York City for child support paid in a one stop light town in southern Alabama. Cost of living is higher in major cities, so salaries are usually compensated to cover living expenses. A Salary.com cost of living comparison should be used in the calculation of child support. It's just not fair. Oh, and 6 months to be able to claim residency and file for divorce with the spouse absent is absolutly rediculous. Alabama is a divorce and child support factory.
  • by Stephanie Location: Coosa County on Aug 6, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    Why would the Alabama Supreme court consider a decrease for the lower class?I thought the idea is for single parents to depend less on goverment assistence?Less child support,more food stamps benefits?
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