Child support cases in Alabama are typically handled by the state’s Department of Human Resources (DHR). When a parent requests child support, the DHR may assist in locating the other parent and establishing paternity if necessary. The court will then determine the appropriate amount of child support to be paid based on a variety of factors, including the income of both parents, the needs of the child, and any special circumstances. Failure to pay child support can result in legal consequences, including wage garnishment, driver’s license suspension, and even imprisonment. Alabama law also allows for modifications to child support orders if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a job loss or medical emergency.