Alabama Child Support Attorney
Child support is an important issue to be determined in an Alabama divorce. Even though the courts follow state guidelines and formulas in calculating support amounts, there are still many different ways in which the ultimate decision on child support may be reached, and it is therefore important to make sure you are well-represented in any proceeding to determine, modify or terminate child support during or after your divorce. In Mobile and Baldwin County, the Law Office of Ginger Poynter provides personal attention, sound advice and effective representation in Alabama child support proceedings.
Alabama Child Support Basics
Whether married or not, both parents of a child have a legal responsibility to support that child financially. In a situation where one parent becomes the sole or primary custodial parent for the child, such as in a divorce, the court will typically require the noncustodial parent to pay a monthly support amount to the parent with primary custody.
The family law judge follows statutory guidelines to determine the appropriate monthly amount of child support. This is done by reviewing both parents’ income from all sources and then assigning the financial responsibility in a share which is proportionate to income. The judge also considers other factors such as the child custody arrangement, transportation costs for visitation, and any special needs the child may have, such as medical needs, costs for college education, etc.
It is important to know that the family court judge has the authority to deviate from the guideline amount if convinced it would be in the best interest of the child to do so. If you are proposing or opposing a deviation from the child support formula, it is critical to be represented by a knowledgeable and experienced Alabama child support attorney to make sure your rights are protected and that your child’s needs are adequately met.
How the Law Office of Ginger Poynter can Help
An appropriate determination of child support requires a complete and accurate reporting of income by both spouses. This calculation can sometimes be difficult, such as when a spouse is self-employed, unemployed or underemployed. Attorney Ginger Poynter understands all sources of income which must be considered and those which may be excluded and can help ensure that your income and your spouse’s income are being fairly and accurately reported. The Law Office of Ginger Poynter can also help if you are seeking or opposing a post-divorce modification or termination of child support, or if you need help with child support enforcement.
For advice and assistance with child support issues in any Alabama divorce or post-divorce proceeding in Mobile or Baldwin County, call the Law Office of Ginger Poynter at 251-445-8313.