Do I have to continue to pay child support for my 18 year old daughter who is still in high school? 35 Answers as of July 08, 2013

My daughter is 18 and just found out she was pregnant. Do I have to keep paying her mom child support?

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Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Yes, your custody orders say until she is 18 (unless she is still enrolled in school) or otherwise emancipated. Birth of a child should emancipate but as a father, you may want to consider giving her (Your daughter) support even after the grandchild is born. You may be sued by your ex when you stop but this is an easy matter to prove to the court.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 10/12/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
The fact that your daughter is pregnant is immaterial. If she is 18, lives with the other parent, and is a full-time high school student,but has not yet finished the 12th grade, your child support obligation will continue until the first of the following events: your daughter's completion of the 12th grade, or your daughter reaching age 19.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/11/2011
The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC
The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC | Patrick J. McDonnell
Child support in NYS runs until the child is 21 years old.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/28/2011
Beresford Booth PLLC
Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
You have to continue paying support until the order of child support is modified or your support obligation has expired.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 10/7/2011
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
Yes. Child support continues until the age of 18 or graduation from high school, whichever occurs last.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 10/28/2011
    Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law
    Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law | Gregory T. Buckley
    Whether you are required to continue paying support past her eighteenth birthday depends on the language of the existing child support order. Generally support ends at age 18, but it can be extended to age 19 if the child is still working towards graduation. The fact that she herself is pregnant is not a factor in this case.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 10/7/2011
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Armand Fried
    In Nevada, if a child is still in school, support runs to the age of 19. But you also need to look at whether the child is emancipated, meaning self supporting. If she is on her own and living independently of her mother (which is possible from your statement that she is pregnant) , then there would be no more child support due, even if she was only 17.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    Check your divorce decree - support normally terminates at age 18 unless the child resides with a parent & is a full time high school student then it is until the child graduates or age 19 which ever first occurs.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 10/7/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    It depends on what the child support order says. The typical child support order in Washington says that child support ends after the later of the child reach age 18 or graduating from high school, unless there is a timely petition for post-secondary support. If she is pregnant, let's assume that there is no petition for post-secondary support. Since she is already 18, the only remaining criteria is high school. If she graduate next June, then, June, 2012, would be your last month to pay child support.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    The Law Office of Cathy R. Cook
    The Law Office of Cathy R. Cook | Cathy R. Cook
    As long as your daughter is a full time high school student, you must continue to pay support until she graduates or turns 19, whichever occurs first.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Fox Law Firm LLC
    Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
    Usually you pay child support until the child is emancipated. Emancipation usually occurs when the child graduates high school, turns 18, becomes pregnant, joins the armed forces, or gets married.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    AyerHoffman, LLP
    AyerHoffman, LLP | Cara Lee Thompson
    Typically child support is paid until a child is emancipated. Emancipation is defined in your state's statute, and could occur upon the happening of several events. I would consult your state's statute or an attorney specializing in child custody and support matters in order to better ascertain your situation and how to proceed.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy | Cassandra Savoy
    Your support payments are ordered by the court. Until there is another order of the court which stop the payments, you must continue to support your daughter. You can of course ask the court to make your daughter an emancipated minor, in which case your obligations would stop.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    What does the support order say?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C.
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C. | Paul A. Eads
    Yes, you have to until she graduates high school or turns 19.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren | Patricia Van Haren
    Yes, you must continue to pay child support until your daughter graduates high school or reaches the age of 19 if she is still in high school. Your daughter's pregnancy does not alleviate your responsibility to pay child support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    The English Law Firm
    The English Law Firm | Robert English
    Generally, support continues until graduation from high school or age 19, whichever comes first.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Donaldson Stewart, PC
    Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
    Your child support obligation continues until your child is legally emancipated. If she is 18 and still attending high school, then the obligation goes until she graduates or turns 19, whichever comes first. The fact that sheh's pregnant doesn't affect child support; however, if she gets married, then she would be considered emancipated and your obligation would terminate.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Probably you do but the answer depends completely on the wording of your support order.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Law Offices of Laurie Peters
    Law Offices of Laurie Peters | Laurie Peters
    The general rule is until the child is 18, or, if she is under 19, until she finishes high school.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    Yes. In Colorado child support is due until the child is 19.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 10/28/2011
    Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC
    Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC | Lana Panagoulia
    The relevant Michigan statute regarding continuation of child support after the child turns 18 years old provides that a court may order child support for the time a child is attending high school, full time and with a reasonable expectation of graduating while living with the recipient of child support or at an institution (like a boarding school perhaps) but in no case after the child reaches 19 years and 6 months of age. You can petition the court at any time to terminate child support if your facts do not comport with the statute,
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC | Vincent J. Bernabei
    You probably have to continue paying child support, but you should review your support judgment to see what it says specifically.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Petit & Dommershausen SC
    Petit & Dommershausen SC | Tajara Dommershausen
    Law is 18 or 19 if actively pursuing high school
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 10/28/2011
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
    Her pregnancy does not impact the child support termination under the law. As long as she is in high school and up to the age of 19 ,you are obligated to continue support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    It depends on what the divorce decree says, but in general I think you would still need to pay child support. A pregnancy in and of itself does not relieve the child support obligation.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    Bivek Brubaker and Prescott LLC
    Bivek Brubaker and Prescott LLC | Damon Bivek
    It depends on the specifics of your settlement agreement. Does it state that "child support shall continue past 18 should the child remain in high school full-time." I suggest you review the child support section of your Settlement Agreement or Divorce Decree. If this language is in there, then you are on the hook. If not, child support terminates at 18. Hope this helps and good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/6/2011
    PALMER | GEORGE, PLLC
    PALMER | GEORGE, PLLC | Brandie J. Rouse
    I suggest you review the child support order. Most orders require support to be paid until a child is 18, unless that child is still in high school.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 10/28/2011
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    Yes, unless there is a court order to the contrary.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/28/2011
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