Alaska has specific child support guidelines that are used to determine the duty of support. The amount varies based on income, number of children, and percentage of custody. There are deductions that some people are eligible for when calculating child support. The Alaska Court System utilizes specific forms to make child support determinations.
Some cases involve discovery and evidence gathering to uncover unreported income and determine the actual income earned by a parent, common amongst self-employed individuals. You may need to present to the court evidence to show that the income of someone is too low and that a higher income must be used to determine the child support calculation.
An attorney can help you with the calculations, advise you on your rights, file and respond to motions and discovery, represent you at hearings, assist you in enforcement, advocate for a higher or lower duty of child support depending on the facts and circumstances. . I have experience litigating and reaching agreements in all of the above scenarios.
The State of Alaska Child Support Services Division offers child support assistance. I advise my clients on whether they should pursue child support assistance from CSSD or the court or both. I also assist clients in understanding and working with CSSD.