Questions concerning child support generally play a large role in divorce and/or separation proceedings. Most of the time the non-custodial parent pays support to the custodial parent, but not always. Although the state of Alabama provides guidelines for determining the amount of support due (and to whom), courts can and often do deviate from these guidelines. In reality, there’s really no way to predict the terms of a support order in advance.
Shared Costs for Shared Responsibility
Child support isn’t about collecting a fine or exacting revenge. It’s about ensuring that the expense of raising a child — including costs related to daycare and health insurance — are shared between parents according to their ability to pay. Ask your Alabama child support attorney about what you can do to get the outcome you deserve in your support matter.
Protecting Custodial and Non-Custodial Parents Alike
Child support orders also exist to protect the parent paying support by ensuring that they’re not paying more than they are required to. If you are paying child support without having agreed to a support order, there’s a chance that you are paying more than you need to, especially if you spend a lot of time with your child.
Keep in mind that the legal obligation to pay child support has nothing to do with whether a child’s parents were ever married. Couples who have never been married are still required to honor their financial obligations to their children during separation. Call Secure Law, P.C. to schedule a consultation with a dedicated child support attorney now. We’ll help you protect your rights and and establish a child support arrangement that will protect your child both now and in the future.
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At Secure Law, P.C., we assist Alabama parents by establishing comprehensive, legally sound child custody orders. We can also assist with the modification of an existing order should circumstances necessitate it. Contact our office today to learn more.