When Does Child Support End?

January 02, 2013

Child support is an aspect of family law that is definitely one of the more serious issues that parents who are separated have to deal with, and any information that pertains to it is crucial. This includes the timeline that is involved which dictates for how long child support could last and under what conditions the child support should work.

So how long does child support have to go on for? Under normal cases, where the child has no medical issues, has the right level of education and competent overall, child support usually ends when the child becomes an adult, at 19 years of age to be exact. At this point, normal children become self-sufficient adults who can pay for their own food and find their own home.

Then we have cases that are not so normal, specifically when children are unable to support themselves due to medical problems or through critical unemployment. In such cases where the child is literally unable to become independent and self-supporting, the parents will need to keep providing child support.

In cases where unemployment is the problem, the parents could also still support the child who has become an adult provided that the cause of unemployment is valid such as living in an area where jobs are scarce. In such cases where the limit of child support has become unclear, mediators or a trip to court might be called-for.

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