Alabama Divorce Laws | Child Support


Under Rule 32 in the Alabama divorce laws, Judicial Administration states that child support is determined using the Income Shares model, with the theory that children should continue to receive that same amount of support as if the parents were still together. The will always consider joint custody, in the best interest of the child. In determining whether joint custody is in the best interest of the child, the court will consider the same factors considered in awarding sole legal and physical custody and all of the following factors: (1) The agreement or lack of agreement of the parents on joint custody. (2) The past and present ability of the parents to cooperate with each other and make decisions jointly. (3) The ability of the parents to encourage the sharing of love, affection, and contact between the child and the other parent. (4) Any history of or potential for child abuse, spouse abuse, or kidnapping. (5) The geographic proximity of the parents to each other as this relates to the practical considerations of joint physical custody. [Based on Alabama State Divorce Code - Chapter 3, Section 30-3-150, 30-3-152]

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