Experienced Huntsville Child Support Attorneys Put Children First

Your financial future and child's well-being is our top priority

When two adults decide their marriage is over, no one is impacted more than the children involved. When families change from one household to two households, it can be as expensive as it is stressful.  Basic child support is calculated using guidelines from the State of Alabama. The family law attorneys of Watson McKinney, LLP stand strong in finding the child support solution you desire. With over 45 years of combined experience, we are proud to help clients throughout North Alabama, including Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, Athens, Scottsboro, Guntersville, and the surrounding areas successfully resolve child support issues and disputes.

Our child support lawyer takes a comprehensive look at all expenses

While child support is designed to cover the main needs —food, clothing, shelter — every parent knows that raising a child goes beyond paying for the basics. Our firm helps you calculate the cost of other expenses, including:

- Childcare — While childcare is taken into account in the main support calculation, it may not take into account class trips or other expenses.

- Extra-curricular activities—Whether your child plays sports, musical instrument,  or takes part in scouting, these costs add up and need to be considered.

- Medical expenses — If your child is injured or develops a medical problem, treatment or rehabilitative care may be expensive. Even if you have insurance, even 20% of a hospital bill could be exorbitant. We work to find a suitable solution for non-covered medical costs.

- Summer camp, school trips, etc. — Summer camps range in cost and offerings and may change over time. While you probably wouldn’t consider an overnight camp for your young child, sleep-away camps are popular with older kids. If your child is a teenager, the school may offer trips which are not general covered by support.

- College — A university education is not mandatory, but it is definitely a cost that parents should take into account when negotiating child support. If your child attends college, your agreement may extend child support beyond the age of maturity.

- Special-needs children —In families with children who have special needs, parents may pay child support past age 18.

Who pays child support in Alabama?

When calculating child support and covering a child’s expenses, the court takes into account current income of both parties. It also looks at the number of children in a family and each parent’s demonstrated ability to earn money to pay the support. If a parent is at-home by choice, and has the experience, education or other means to work, the court may take that into account.

Aggressive child support attorney fights for unpaid support

Is your ex-spouse behind on payments? As your attorney we have options for you. We have several options available to obtain missing support, including:

- Withholding income
- Contacting credit bureaus
- Contacting the IRS
-  Liens

Modifying child support agreements

Your situation may change post-divorce resulting in a need for a post-divorce modification to your child support agreement. This could be due to a lost job or a new raise on the side of either party. Likewise, your child may incur unexpected expenses which parents would need to cover but are outside of the child support agreement. We help you navigate post-divorce issues for as long as you need.

Call our Huntsville office and speak with a knowledgeable child support attorney today

Divorce is particularly difficult on a child, so it is important to choose a child-centered firm. We aim to provide a secure future for your child, while protecting your financial interests. Call Watson McKinney, LLP at 800-294-5112 or e-mail our child support attorneys to get started. We offer comprehensive legal services in the areas of family law, personal injury and corporate law.


Our office is located in the Regions Building in Downtown Huntsville, Alabama.


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200 Clinton Ave W, #110

Huntsville, Alabama 35801-4810


Phone: 256-536-7423 | Toll Free: 800-294-5112

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We serve the following localities: Jefferson County, Limestone County, Athens, Elkmont, Madison, Madison County, Gurley, Harvest, Hazel Green, Huntsville, New Market, Toney, Morgan County, Decatur, Hartselle, Shelby County, and Birmingham.




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