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Child Support

The Department of Human Resources is authorized by Title IV-D Social Security Act (1975) and Alabama statutes to provide child support services for any parent seeking the establishment of the parent-child relationship and to have child support ordered and enforced.

The District Attorney's Child Support Unit was formed in 1977 to act as the legal counsel for the Autauga, Elmore and Chilton County Department of Human Resources in court actions for paternity establishment and child support orders. The unit is made up of an Assistant District Attorney, Child Support Coordinator and support staff. The attorney represents the State of Alabama and provides legal counsel for these cases.

The 19th Circuit collected $9,366,247.24 for 2008. The average monthly collection was $780,520.60. Total cases were 6,046, and new referrals are still about 150 monthly.

WHAT ARE THE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO PARENTS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES?

The Department of Human Resources does the following:
Files court action for adjudication of paternity.
Establishes child support orders.
Collects and enforces child support by income withholdings.
Initiates and prosecutes "in contempt" proceedings for failure to comply with court orders.

WHO ARE THESE SERVICES FOR?

These services are available to all parents regardless of financial need. Services are also provided for non-custodial parents residing in other states.

HOW DOES THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE BECOME INVOLVED?

The application for services must be made through the Department of Human Resources. The case is then referred to the District Attorney's Office by the Department of Human Resources. The contract between the Department of Human Resources and the District Attorney's Office bars the Child Support Unit from involvement and representation of custody and visitation matters.

WHERE IS THE CHILD SUPPORT UNIT LOCATED?

The unit is located in the Autauga County Courthouse.

These are the 2017 Autauga County Child Support Calendar Dates:

January 3, 17, 31
February 14, 28
March 14, 28
April 4, 18
May 2, 16, 30
June 13, 27
July 11, 25
August 1, 15, 29
September 12, 26
October 3, 17, 31
November 14
December 12, 19

 

* Judge Booth has court hearings at 1:30 pm February 7, April 4, June 6, August 8, October 3, December 5