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Alaska Child Support
Child Support in Alaska
Alaska Civil Rule 90.3 describes child support, which may be ordered of either or both parents.
Payments may be ordered paid to a court-appointed trustee or through the state child support enforcement agency.
A court in Alaska will consider several factors when determining child support payments, including the obligated parent's income. Income includes salaries and wages (including overtime), severance, commissions, bonuses and profit sharing, interest and dividends, pensions, self-employment income and Social Security.
Alaska child support is typically calculated using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet generates an appropriate child support obligation according to each spouse's income and other relative numeric factors, such as taxes paid and retirement contributions. Each parent must file a verified statement of income. A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet is contained in Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 90.3.
Additional information can be found in Alaska Statutes; Sections 25.24.160 and 25.27.110 to 25.27.900, and Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; Rule 67 and 90.3.
Any appropriate child support deviation factors should be considered after calculating the appropriate child support. Additional information about Alaska child support and the Alaska statutes can be found at the Alaska Legal Resource Center.
These guidelines are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount would be manifestly unjust under the particular circumstances in a case.
Alaska utilizes the percentage of income formula. This formula determines the amount of child support as a percentage of the income of the parent obligated to pay the child support. This percentage factors the number of children requiring support.
Many people consider this a primitive method for calculating support because it does not take into consideration many important details.
Other Expenses and Deductions
Extraordinary expenses are either add-ons, where the expense is added to the support payment, or deductions, where the amount is deducted, and indicated as either mandatory or permissive.
Extraordinary medical expenses are a deviation factor. Childcare costs are a mandatory deduction.
The court may order a parent to include a child under a parent's health insurance coverage and contribute to extraordinary medical expenses that are not covered by an insurance carrier.
Child Support Enforcement
(Alaska) Child Support Services Division
More information about Alaska Child Support Enforcement can also be found at their website.
The statute governing emancipation in Alaska is AS 9.55.590, which provides that:
In Alaska, parents are obligated to support a minor child until the child turns age 18, or age 19 if the child is still enrolled in high school.
The court considers deviation from the guidelines in cases when:
For parents with income over $72,000, the above 6 factors do not apply. In those instances, the factors are:
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