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Alaska Child Support


When determining child support in an Alaska divorce, the divorce court uses the percentage of income formula. This calculation determines the amount as a percentage of the income of the party ordered to pay child support.

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Under state divorce laws, child support is calculated by multiplying the adjusted annual income of the noncustodial parent by a specified percentage. The percentage used to calculate a child support award is:

  • 20% for one child
  • 27% for two children
  • 33% for three children
  • An extra 3% for each additional child

There are circumstances in the divorce case that may encourage the Alaska divorce court to deviate from the set formula. These factors include:

  • Especially large family
  • Significant income of the child
  • Health or extraordinary expenses
  • Unusually low expenses
  • Supporting parent has income below Federal poverty level
  • Other unusual circumstances

If parents have an income more than $72,000, the factors above don't warrant deviation from the formula; however, the Alaska divorce court will consider the following:

  • An increased award is just and proper
  • Needs of the children
  • Standard of living of the children
  • Extent that the child's standard of living should be reflective of the parent's ability to pay

Get legal advice about how to protect yourself and your child financially when filing for divorce. Speak to a local Alaska divorce attorney about circumstances of your divorce that may affect the divorce court to reconsider the child support formula usually used. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out an Alaska divorce case review form to get connected today with a local divorce attorney.

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The above synopsis of Alaska divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Alaska divorce lawyer in your area.

Alaska divorce laws were last updated July 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.