Child Support to Age 18


The child must be out of high school (up to age 21 I think).When the child is both over 18 and graduates HS the support terminates. Which ever occurs last.


I believe a child “ages out” of child support when they are 18 or finish high school unless there is some special situation involving being in a special school. Of course there may be other financial specifications beyond high school for supporting children like paying for all or part of college that can be put into the agreement.


Child support is paid until the child is either eighteen or out of high school, up to age 20. If the kid is still in school after age 20, then tough luck, no more support.


Dear Margaret890:

Greetings. Yes, the situations apply by default, unless the court order or agreement states otherwise. You would stop paying child support when the child gets out of high school (last payment in June 2006) in the example you stated. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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The Rosen Website gives 3 situations where child support does not end at 18. If these situations are not stated in the divorce agreement, would they apply simply by default? For example, child turns 18 Jan. 2006 - - does not finish H.S. until Jun. 2006.