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I am representing myself, this has to do with changing child support in the state of Alabama. I can not get a straight answer on how to go through the process of changing child support. One of my children is turning 19 in a few months. The court clerk gives me no help, just where to get forms. Can someone tell me the process? What I need to do?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Alabama

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

There is only the divorce decree, order

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Please accept my apologizes, for some reason my answer did not transmit.

In Alabama, unless a divorce decree or Court order says otherwise, the support ends at 19. The obligation terminates then, but there is a process to go through with the Court. If there is one child, the process involved filing an affidavit with the Court addressing the child reaching the age of majority and that the obligation is terminated.

If there is more than one child, then a petition is required to the Court addressing that one child is emancipating and child support for that child should end. Child support would be recalculated for the remaining children and then the new amount would begin. This process would repeat until all children were emancipated.

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Thank you for your reply! How do I petition the court? Is there a form?
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