Emancipation and college

I have a specific emancipation question.

The current order reads,
"That the order of April 3, 2012 shall be modified and the Plaintiff father shall pay by direct allotment to the Defendant mother as child support for the parties minor child the sum of $500.00 per month retroactive to July 1, 2014 and a like sum on or before the 1st day of each consecutive month thereafter until further orders of this Court or until said child reaches the age of 18 except: a) If the child is otherwise emancipated, payments shall terminate at that time:"
The passage also gives the usual “if still in secondary school” verbiage.

Our daughter graduates in June, but does not turn 18 for another few months. Since she will be graduated and off to college, is she technically emancipated at that time?

No, your daughter is not emancipated upon graduation of high school. The child support obligation lasts through the month that she turns 18, even if this is after she graduates from high school.


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