Alabama updates child support payments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama courts have issued the first update in 15 years to child-support payment guidelines for divorcing parents.

Under the new guidelines, the amount will increase for middle-income families and decrease for extremely poor and upper-income families.

Court officials say the new figures apply only to cases filed after Jan. 1, although a limited number of current child-support orders may be eligible for modification.

The guidelines set the recommended total financial support for divorced families with one to six children.

Officials say the new guidelines, last revised in 1993, reflect more current costs for raising children, modern tax rates and other factors.

The new version also has a broader schedule of child support.

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