When a couple is divorced and
child support is involved it can raise a lot of questions. A common question is whether
or not the adults are required to keep making payments after their child
turns 18 or if they are legally free from the obligation. It is not only
the parents that are paying the support that have these concerns; it is
also the parent that receives the payments for their child. In most cases
when the child becomes an adult at the age of 18, is married, or legally
chooses to be emancipated, the parents are legally free from the payments.
There are circumstances in which the parent may still continue the support
such as the child still being a student in high school and is performing
well and plans to graduate within the following year. Graduating at 19
is possible if the child was held back a grade or started school a year late.
If the child is somehow disabled, mentally or physically, the parent who
has the primary care may need assistance after their child turns 18 due
to the medical needs. However, if the child chooses to further their education
by going to college, the state does not require any financial support
on behalf of the custody laws. If you are required to pay for support
every month, or you are dependent upon the support of your ex-spouse monthly
it is important that you have a proper understanding of the laws pertaining
to your state.
Due to the uniqueness of each case, it is important to have a
Jacksonville divorce lawyer who will work alongside you to ensure that you re receiving what are rightfully
your child’s, or that you are required to pay no more than what
is stated by the courts. Requirements for child support are different
for each situation so
contact us today for any of your legal questions!