Today, the Alabama Supreme Court has issued an opinion in the case of Ex Parte Christopher, which overturns the landmark case of Ex Parte Bayliss. Bayliss is the case which gave Alabama Courts the authority to order parents to pay post-minority support and contribute to college expenses for their children after they reach the age of majority. Under Alabama law, the age of majority is nineteen (19).

If you are already under a court-ordered obligation to pay post-minority support for the benefit of your child, this decision will not effect you as the Court has stated its opinion overruling Bayliss is only applicable in future cases. If no final order has been entered in your case or it is on appeal, then the decision does apply to you. Parents are still free, of course, to voluntarily agree to pay such expenses.