Alabama Child Support Calculator

Child support calculator

Simple Child Support Calculator

For a simple and easy calculation of child support in Alabama, we suggest trying the AllLaw's calculator. Alabama appears to lack an official, government-sponsored calculator that is reliable and easy to use.

The AllLaw's calculator is quite simple and easy to use. But note that the estimator may not always be accurate and completely up to date for 2024.

In the state of Alabama, the result of an online calculation should normally be interpreted carefully. You should treat the estimate as no more than a preliminary indication of the child support amount you could receive or be required to pay.

Alabama Parenting Time Calculator

While Alabama child support guidelines focus on which parent is the "custodial parent", parenting time shares have the potential to affect child support. Actual parenting time percentages could influence the order a judge makes or how much parents agree to.

Use this overnights calculator to work out your parenting time percentage. Most states measure parenting time based on overnight stays.

Calculate annual overnight stays

Regular nights
Vacation nights each year*
183 overnight stays per year.
50.0% of parenting time.

* Vacation nights are all nights when the regular schedule does not apply.

How Child Support is Calculated in Alabama


Child support payments in Alabama are calculated using the income shares only method. Payments depend on the combined income of the parents as well as the number of children eligible for support. A bigger combined income or extra children typically means higher payments.

The amounts transferred also depend on each parent’s income share or income percentage. Alabamians paying the most support are non-custodial parents with high incomes. The biggest receivers are low-income parents with primary physical custody and a high-earning payer.

We refer to the method as "income shares only" since Alabama lacks a well-defined way of adjusting payments for the exact amount of parenting time each parent contributes. A parent’s share of care time is not a detailed part of the guidelines, as is usually the case with income sharing models.

Several adjustments to child support may be made in Alabama to account for other financial costs. For example, payments can take account of child support for other children, daycare costs for the non-custodial parent, alimony, and health insurance.

The amount of support a non-custodial parent has to pay in child support every month is based on state guidelines. In general, the gross income of both parents, daycare and medical expenses are taken into account when determining the amount of child support the non-custodial parent will have to pay each month.

Alabamian child support guidelines apply to the whole state, including the cities of Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile, Tuscaloosa and Hoover. Variations in support payments may be made by the agreement of parents or at the discretion of a judge presiding over your case.

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