Does Child Support Always Stop When Your Child Turns 18?

While it is mainly true that child support ends when a child turns 18 years old, this is not always the case. There are certain circumstances that can extend the length of child support.

Child Support Until Graduation

Many teenagers turn 18 during their senior year of high school, although their financial situation will probably not have changed. Because of this, the parent who has physical custody still may be entitled to receiving child support.


These children, although 18, can continue to qualify for child support for the remainder of months that they are going to high school. In these situations, child support payments will end on the day the child graduates.

Year Extension

There are certain cases where a child will turn nineteen years old while they are still attending high school. For these kids, their child support eligibility will end on the day they turn nineteen.


This allows them a year after they officially become an adult for the parent to still receive child support payments, which is a safety net to help make sure each child has support while they are attending school.

Special Needs Cases

If a child has special needs, they may be able to get child support payments for life, which may be necessary for them to have a decent quality of life. In these cases, the judge will evaluate the situation and the parent who is the main caregiver (physical custody) will continue to receive payments for as long as they are needed.


Each special needs case will be evaluated by the courts and the length of child support payments is determined by a judge. While a disabled child may be granted child support payments for life, there are a lot of instances where the child is able to fully support themselves. In these cases, the court will go back and make another evaluation and will potentially end child support payments.

Hiring a Bartow Child Support Attorney

Child support calculations involve many different factors. No family is the same, and each and every case is different. This is why it is so important to hire a child support attorney. A family law attorney will go to bat for you in court and help you to reach a favorable result and one that is best for you and your family.


While courts normally have the best intentions for your family, they do not know your family personally. Because of this reason, it is extremely important to hire a great family law attorney who will understand the nuances of your family and situation.


Your attorney will have the ability to work with a judge and convey your situation in a way that will help get you the support you need to take care of your family. For someone who will look out for the best interest of your family and children, don’t hesitate to contact Advocate Law Firm for a no-fee consultation.


Contact us at (863) 644-5566 for advocates in your family’s corner.