How Do I Modify A Child Support Order In Alabama?

by Kathy
(Alabama)

I have 4 children. In 2002 their father was ordered to pay $296 a month based on minimum wage or a percentage of his gross pay which ever was larger. For the first couple of months he paid the percentage, but he refused to tell me how much he made. After 2 months he only paid the 296. He was very inconsistent with his payments, sometimes going several months without making a payment. He got approx. $2000 in the arrears. I went thru dfacs to help me collect support. In Feb. and March 2009 he made two large payments, one per month, which brought him current. I have not asked for an increase or modification in support even though minimum wage has increased twice since the support was originally ordered. It is getting increasingly more difficult to make ends meet. The children are having to do without. They get very little entertainment, extracurricular school activities, and even necessities such as clothes and shoes. These are often bought second hand or hand-me-downs from friends and neighbors. Their father has shown the ability to make large "catch-up" payments in the past, but since he refuses to give me any information about where he gets the money, I’m unsure of what to do. He claims he doesn’t have a job. And I can’t afford to lose what little I do get from him.

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What You Can Do
by: Child Support America Team Member

Hi Kathy,

We are sorry about your child support situation and circumstances as a result of it. We need to know if the order was started in Alabama and if the non-custodial parent still resides there as well.

If the answer is yes to both questions, you can file for a child support modification through your local CSEA office. You can also contact your case worker and ask them to send you the papers by mail.

Also, you can file a motion with the courts for contempt of non-child support payments if he continues to be inconsistent. We do recommend that you try to speak with him about his non-payments prior to filing a motion with the courts. Give him a last chance before involving the court system. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesent but it's worth a try.

Thanks,

CSA STAFF


We live in separate states
by: Kathy

The order was started in Georgia, where we both resided at the time of divorce. He remained in Georgia and I moved to Alabama.

What You Can Do
by: Child Support America Team Member

Kathy,

It appears that you will either have to transfer the case to Alabama or contact your case worker in Georgia.

CSA STAFF

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