Experienced Birmingham, Alabama Child Support Lawyers
Child support is most often paid by non-custodial parents for support of their children. The levels of child support are established by the Alabama State Child Support Guidelines and based upon the incomes of the partners and the needs of the children. However, courts are not obligated to strictly follow these guidelines and may adjust child support awards based upon the special circumstances of the parties, but will always be certain to take the best interests of the children into consideration.
If you have Questions about Child Support, Please
Contact Gina H. McDonald & Associates at (205) 453-4497
At Gina H. McDonald & Associates, L.L.C., in Birmingham, Alabama, we are committed to helping ensure the children of divorcing parents have the resources they need to thrive. We recognize that all parents want what is in the best interests of their children, but the fact remains that the animosity divorcing parents have for each other can often cloud the vision of what is in their children's interest.
It is important to recognize that child support payments are for the benefit of the child and that courts have discretion to deviate from child support guidelines. Some of the common reasons for deviating from child support guidelines include:
- Custody arrangements that grant the non-custodial parent custody that is substantially in excess of that customarily approved or ordered by the court
- Excessive transportation cost paid by one parent to meet visitation requirements in the divorce agreement
- Significant tuition and other education expenses incurred prior to a child's reaching the age of majority
- Assets of, or unearned income received by or on behalf of, a child or children
Child support is typically paid until a child reaches the age of majority, nineteen, unless the child gets married, is self supporting, or is emancipated. In most cases a custodial parent may petition the court for post-majority support to help pay for college.
Our attorneys work closely with our clients to understand their financial situation. We understand that financial situations change as do the needs of children. Our lawyers are always available to help parents seeking modification of child support orders.
Contact our Skilled Child Support Lawyers
If you are considering divorce and have questions about child support, please contact Gina H. McDonald & Associates, L.L.C. We can be reached by phone at (205) 453-4497, by e-mail, or by filling out the confidential in-take form on our Contact Us page.