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Legally, you are not required to make child support payments to your spouse unless the court orders the payments. Parties are always free to make arrangements and offer agreements on child support, but the court retains the final word for the best interests of the children. An uncontested divorce could take up to 45 days on average in Alabama but tends to be quicker, so 30 days is probably a reasonable amount of time before the court signs off. So I would agree you don't have to start paying now.At the same time, however, while the court hasn't signed anything, both parents do have an obligation to support their children financially. It is not uncommon for a court to order temporary support upon petition of one parent while a divorce is pending. Additionally, I think you have to look at the language in the agreement you signed this week. If the agreement says you will start paying the 1st of the month following execution of the divorce agreement, then I would say your first payment is in August. Legally speaking, the document is considered "executed" once you have both signed. It is considered ordered and final upon a judge signing it.If you need clarification or additional information, please REPLY and I'll be happy to assist.Otherwise, kindly remember to leave me a positive rating by clicking on the stars, so that I am credited for my time and information today. Thank you!