Children can have drastically different needs and, for this reason, the child support orders that Florida courts issue can look very different. In general, though, a child support order may terminate a parent’s requirement to pay when the child reaches the age of 18 or 19 and graduates from high school. However, individuals should look at their own child support orders for information regarding their particular rights and obligations.
For example, in some cases, a parent may be required to pay child support long after their child has reached the age of majority. This type of child support order may be issued to help a child with special needs maintain their livelihood if they are unable to do so on their own as an adult. Additionally, parents may agree to continue supporting their child after they graduate from high school if they wish to help their child pay for college or post-graduation expenses.
Conversely, some parents may see their child support obligations end early if certain events occur. A child who joins the military or gets married may have their child support order cut off prior to its natural end, and a child who seeks to emancipate themselves from the control of their parents may also cause their parents to be released from supporting them.
Family law matters can be handled in a myriad of different ways. The way in which one child support matter is handled may be completely different from the resolution of another. While graduation from high school can be the terminal event for a parent’s child support obligation, readers should review their own orders to better understand how their support commitments will be managed.