A big part of any divorce case with children is determining where the kids
will live, figuring out a reasonable visitation schedule and/or parenting
plan, and calculating a figure for child support. The cost to raise a
child is high, so it is important to arrive at a child support figure
that meets your kids’ needs. Another aspect of child support is
determining a length of time for which the payments will be made, and
in most cases the payments stop when the child reaches the age of 18.
It is thought that this is the age at which a child transitions from being
a kid into being an adult, and financial support is no longer necessary.
However, if you are a parent, you know that the possibility your kids
will still need your help long after turning 18 is great.
This begs the question of what parents are required to continue paying
for after their kids reach the age of majority, and in what amount. The
answer depends on your circumstances, and the circumstances of your children.
If you have a special needs child, chances are you will be made to continue
to provide support for that child the remainder of their life. Another
circumstance that arises, and has gained some popularity lately, is the
cost of post high school education. Some
Courts require the parents to bear the cost of college tuition, and this is a
cost that arises beyond the age of 18.
The key is to refer to the terms outlined in your child support order,
and to make any necessary changes when circumstances warrant. If you have
been ordered to pay for certain expenses for your kids beyond age 18,
you can be held to this order. If you are receiving payments and those
payments extend beyond high school graduation or your child’s 18th birthday, you should take steps to make sure there is no lapse in payment.
We can help make sure the support orders in place make sense, and meet
the needs of your kids regardless of their age. Call our office today
to find out what to do in these special types of cases.