In general, the answer is no. Child support is mandatory in Alabama and cannot be voluntarily waived by either parent. While this may surprise some parents, the reasoning is that child supported is intended for the benefit of the child, not the parent. A custodial parent can’t decide on a child’s behalf to decline the support mandated by state law. In fact, unless unusual circumstances are present, the court generally won’t allow parents to agree to an amount less than the amount provided by the state child support guidelines.
Child support is designed to be used for providing for the needs of the child and it should not be used as a bargaining tool during divorce negotiations. It is almost always in the child’s best interest for the custodial parent to receive financial support from the other parent. It is not contingent on whether visitation rights are exercised, and unless the parental rights of the non-custodial parent have actually been legally terminated, the court will order child support during a divorce.