Child Support & Alimony
The issues of child support and alimony (or spousal support, as it is often called) are two of the most problematic aspects of divorce.The Alabama Formula for Child Support Payment
For child support, Alabama uses a matrix based upon the income of the parties, the cost of child care, the cost of insurance and what the state of Alabama considers necessary to raise a child.
A Word of Caution About Calculators
A recent development is the availability of online calculators to calculate the proper amount to pay in child support. As a public service, The Oncale Firm cautions you to avoid such simplistic tools. Compared to the complexity of nearly every child support case, these calculators can be shockingly incorrect and expensively misleading.
Alimony, or spousal support, is even more confusing than child support. Under Alabama law, alimony or spousal support is not based on a formula or matrix that you put your financial numbers into and take your estimated payment out. To determine alimony or spousal support in your case, the court can look at any number of factors:
- Age and health
- Prior earnings
- Current earnings
- Financial need
- Earning ability
- Length of marriage
- The fault of each party
- Plus many subjective factors
The amount to be paid can even vary from county to county — that's how capricious the state's alimony system is. To walk you past these legal obstacles, you need a skilled Alabama family lawyer.Spousal Maintenance
Alimony and spousal maintenance, then, are based less on objective findings than on subjective findings that can be manipulated by your spouse, ex-spouse or attorneys.
Which is to say, you must not leave your alimony payment calculation to others. Hire a qualified alimony and spousal support attorney who knows the law as well as anyone in the room. Hire The Oncale Firm, and we will fight for your interests.
Shane Oncale is an experienced child support attorney. Contact or call The Oncale Firm at 205-458-9805 to arrange a free consultation.