Child Support Lawyer Serving Alabama
Child support is usually paid to the custodial parent by the non-custodial parent for the support and maintenance of their children. Child support awards are governed by Rule 32 of the Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration, and are calculated pursuant to the Alabama State Child Support Guidelines incorporated in Rule 32, unless the parties demonstrate a basis for deviating from the guidelines. Absent a deviation, child support will be determined based upon the combined incomes of the parties.
Child support is typically paid until a child reaches the age of nineteen, unless the child marries, becomes self supporting, or otherwise emancipated. If there is a material change in circumstances after your divorce is finalized, you are entitled to petition the court for a modification of your divorce decree. The material change can be economic, allowing either a decrease or increase in child support.
Post-minority educational support is no longer recognized by Alabama courts, unless the parties agree. Post-minority support may be available if an adult child is either physically or mentally disabled. We are experienced in representing divorced custodial parents of adult disabled children who may or may not work. We will work closely with you to reach a settlement or obtain an award that will enhance the quality of life for you and your children.