On the face of it, you would think that child support payments end when the child becomes an adult in the eyes of the law — on his or her 18th birthday. It’s not as straightforward as that; as with many instances of law, there are different circumstances where other rules apply.
In most situations, you will have to pay child support until the child turns 18. However, if the child has not graduated high school, the order endures at least until the student graduates, or they turn 19, whichever comes first. If the student is not focusing on studies and does not appear to be in line for graduation before the age of 19, the payments may be stopped by the courts.
Ongoing child support orders can cover children that have a mental or physical incapacity that existed before they turned 18.
We admit that this area of law can be tricky, but our Jacksonville family law firm has the skills and experience to sort out even the most tangled instances with child support orders for multiple children in one family.
You may require an order to terminate child support to allow you to stop making payments, as the order is not immediately vacated on the child’s 18th birthday, depending on when the order was put in place. A Jacksonville family law firm will have the insight and direction you need to make sure any court orders are complied with fully.