HOW LONG CAN MY CHILDREN RECEIVE CHILD SUPPORT?

In most cases, the normal duration of child support is until the child turns 18 or graduates high school (whichever occurs later). Once your child is 18 or has graduated high school, you will no longer receive child support payments. However, there are a few important exceptions to this rule.

If you have a child who has a disability that is known of before or on their 18th birthday, the child is eligible to receive extended child support. This extension of the responsibility period is due to medical bills and long-term care needs that your child may have. In cases of disability, a parent may be able to receive child support for a beyond the age of 18, and possibly for the child’s lifetime. However, if at any point the child is able to manage finances and take care of him or herself, child support will cease after the age of 18, even if there is a mental or physical disability. These are case-by-case matters and will be determined by the court.

If your child is eligible to receive support beyond the age of 18 or graduation from high school, either you or your partner will need to provide health insurance for your child. This is required by law to ensure he or she receives proper medical care. The court will decide who will bear the cost of the medical insurance for the child. The court will look at any available employer-sponsored insurance to see if the cost is reasonable, and that the policy provides quality coverage.

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