Ali v. Ali (Mississippi 2017)

No. 2015-CA-01246-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 2017)
June 2017

When setting child support for a high-income parent, a strict application of the guidelines may not be reasonable. The court must make findings to support its decision. In this case, the chancery court found that applying the child support guidelines to an income greater than $100,000 was not reasonable and set child support based on father’s testimony about the child’s standard of living and the amount of expenses that were outlined in filed documents. The father appealed the order as excessive. The appellate court found the chancellor properly met the finding requirement and ordered support taking into consideration the child's current standard of living and expenses.