When Do Child Support Payments End?

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Dealing with a divorce often causes stress and worry for all parties involved. One of the main causes for concern is the topic of finances; what will I need to pay? How much will I need to pay? How long will I need to pay? These are all very common questions you may be asking yourself as you are beginning the divorce process, and possibly even after it is complete.

One of the most common divorce situations regarding finances is child support. Courts always factor in the well-being of any children involved, so it would make sense that child support is one of the most important topics covered during divorce proceedings. In most cases, child support only lasts for a limited amount of time. Specific guidelines can vary from state to state, but Florida’s guidelines are outlined in Florida Statues §61.14(9) and §743.07, and state that child support payments will continue until:

  • The child registers a domestic partnership or gets married
  • The child turns 18, but is not a full-time high school student
  • The child has completed high school
  • The child becomes a member of the armed forces
  • The child turns 19 years old
  • The child is emancipated, either by obtaining a court order in order to live independently or by living away from home and providing the necessary financial support for themselves

While these are conditions that can allow for an end to child support payments, there are exceptions that may allow or require child support payments to continue beyond the age of maturity. Parents may agree to extend their payments in order to cover college expenses, living expenses, etc. The court may also require extended child support payments if the children have a disability or have special needs. They could be considered as economic hardships, and the payments could be required in order to provide adequate care for the children in need.

How Do The Payments End?

Requirements for child support payments are not automatically ended. Rather, the person who pays them must request for their child support obligations to end once their child reaches the age of maturity, of if they become emancipated. In order to find out exactly when your obligation ends, you can contact your state’s child support agency so they can help you determine the exact end date, or you can contact your attorney to discuss your legal rights and obligations.

Here at Robert Sparks Attorneys, our child support attorneys have over 135 years of collective experience, and are dedicated to protecting your rights in order to ensure your family’s well-being. Our Tampa lawyers provide you with the attention, consideration, and support that you need and deserve, so contact us today for a free case evaluation, or call us at (813) 336-3348.