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Understanding when a child support obligation ends

Your divorce in Davie certainly does not end yours or your ex-spouse's obligations to continue to pay for the support of your children (no matter the circumstances of your custody arrangement). The expectation is, of course, that eventually your children will grow up and eventually be able to support themselves through their own gainful employment. The point at which that happens, however, may differ from case to case. Because of this, many often come to us here at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC asking how long parents are expected to pay child support. 

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, both and your spouse are continued to abide by the terms of your child support agreement until your children reach 18 years of age. Florida law does allow for special circumstances, however, if your child turns 18 yet is still not in a position to support themselves. In such a case as long as your child is not yet 19 and still in the process of working towards completing their high school education, your child support obligation can be extended until their nineteenth birthday. 

If your child suffers from a physical or mental disability that would hinder them from ever being able to support themselves, the court having jurisdiction over your divorce case may add a provision to your child support agreement that obliges you to continue to support them (or provide a means for their support) as long as is necessary. 

If you have multiple children, your child support obligation will likely be revisited each time one reaches the age of majority in order to come up with a revised payment amount that excludes supporting your adult child. More information on modifying your child support agreement can be found here on our site. 

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