Does Child Support Include College Expenses?

Does Child Support Include College Expenses?

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Child support is a complicated part of a divorce. On the one hand, you want the child to have financial stability in their life. On the other hand, complications might make it difficult for a parent to cover all aspects of life. One of these areas is college tuition and general college expenses.

At one point, Alabama law required noncustodial parents to help out with their child’s college tuition. However, the Supreme Court ended up overturning that law due to the definition of a “child” in Alabama. The decision of whether or not college expenses are included in child support is now up to the judges and family law courts and can be based on the common law definition of “children,” which is a minor or someone younger than 19 years old.

If you have a high income, you might have no problem paying for your child’s college expenses. But if you’re struggling financially, paying for a degree could lead to serious hardship. If you are a noncustodial parent, you might not be required to pay for your child’s college. With the help of an attorney, you could modify the existing arrangement that required you to pay college costs.

Experienced Hoover, AL Family Law Attorney Protects Your Financial Rights in Child Support Matters

If you’re facing child support matters, it’s critical to work with a lawyer who understands Alabama’s current laws. Daniel H. Chambers, Attorney at Law, P.C., can provide the counsel you need in a range of family law matters. He can help protect your financial rights in all family law matters.

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