Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
The law is that you pay until she is 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later, but no longer than her 19th birthday. If she is out of school, the reason may determine whether you still pay or not.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
Read the support provision of your Divorce Judgment. The newer language required in the support provision requires payment of child support until the child reaches 18 or no later than 19 1/2 if the child is regularly attending high school on a full-time basis with a reasonable expectation of completing sufficient credit to graduate from high school, whichever is later.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Look at your decree or support orders. The answer is there. Without seeing the orders, I can tell you based on "Standard" orders your duty to support stops when she turns 18 "unless she is still enrolled and making progress towards a high school diploma" in which case it continues past the 18th birthday until the child is no longer enrolled in high school or making progress towards a high school diploma. You have to read your orders to make sure they are standard or do not contain some unique provision. On a collateral note, giving birth (not merely being pregnant) is an emancipating event. If she marries the father that too is an emancipating event. Your orders most likely state child support terminates if the child is otherwise emancipated (again this is standard but when people divorce nothing is really standard - so ready our decree).
Answer Applies to: Texas
Horizons Law Group, LLC | Michelle B. Fitzgerald
It ends at age 18 or after they have high school diploma - which can go to age 19, so long as they are pursuing a diploma. The support order can continue at same rate though if they are collecting any support you may owe from the past. If you are current, and this your last child, you can contact the support office to end it. If there are other younger children, it will continue until you both recalculate what support would be now for the remaining children. If you can't agree on new amount, you would need to bring a motion.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Patricia C. Van Haren, Attorney at Law | Patricia Van Haren
If your daughter has graduated high school or the equivalent, you do not need to pay child support. You will need to file a motion to terminate the support based on her age and the fact that she is no longer in High School.
Answer Applies to: California
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
No, you are not legally required to; however, that does not mean that the State will automatically stop garnishing. You should immediately file a petition for modification of your child support in order to terminate your obligation. Any order will retroact back to the date the supplemental petition was filed. If you delay and end up overpaying, you will not be able to recoup those over payments.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
It depends on how your divorce decree is written. However, in general, under Georgia law, if the child is over the age of 18 years and is not attending high school, your child support obligation should be terminated. It would be best to consult in person with a family lawyer in order to discuss your situation in detail and let the lawyer as any questions they need answered in order to best advise you.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
Most child support orders have in them a clause that tells you when child support ends. Without having seen exactly what your child support order says, it is impossible for me to say whether your obligation to pay child support has ended. However, most child support orders will say something like: Child support continues until the child turns age 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later, unless the court orders post-secondary child support. So, if your child support order says this and (1) if the child is over age 18 and (2) if the child is out of high school and (3) if no post-secondary child support has been ordered, then, your obligation to pay current child support has ended. This does not affect any child support arrearages that may exist. Even though current support may have ended, if you owe back support, that obligation is still there and needs to be paid.
Answer Applies to: Washington
The Coyle Law Office | T. Andrew Coyle
Generally, child support stops when the child reaches 18. If your child support is based on a court order, that should state when your obligations end. If you have been paying support outside of a court order, then you are no longer required to provide support after the child reaches 18. .
Answer Applies to: Illinois
ROWE LAW FIRM | Jeffrey S. Wittenbrink
In Louisiana, child support terminates automatically once a child turns 18, as long as they have either graduated from high school or they are no longer attending. If they are attending an accredited Louisiana high school but have not graduated yet, child support continues until age 19. As long as there are no arrears, and no other children on the same support order, you may unilaterally discontinue (without further permission) your child support payments.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Wolverine Law | Stuart Collis
You are required to pay child support until your child is 18 or graduates high school, whichever is later. However, it will cut off if your child has not graduated high school by 19.5. That being said, you are always liable for any arrearages and any money paid out by the state.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
First: I am sorry to hear that your daughter has created this situation for herself; it will be difficult for her and her child. To answer your question, you need to go to court to get child support terminated. I can help you with this. And I will tell you up front what it will cost to do this for you. Give me a call, make an appointment to come see me, and let's get moving on this for you. No charge for the telephone call and no charge for the first office visit.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
Unless you have arrearages, no you do not have to keep paying. Your child support should terminate. However, if it does not do you, you can petition the court to terminate it b/c of your reasons - your child being emanicapted, and the court will enter an order terminating child support.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
If she is still living at home, probably. The age of majority is 19 in Alabama. You could petition to terminate alleging that she is emancipated and adult as a factual matter. However, if she is not living with the baby's daddy, or is otherwise still living with her mom, then you probably have to pay until she turns 19. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
Generally speaking, child support terminates when a child turns 18 or graduates high school, whichever comes later. If she has reached age 18 and is not attending high school, then you should take steps to ensure that your obligation (and any wage withholding) are terminated.
Answer Applies to: Arizona