CAN I GET CHILD SUPPORT AFTER MY CHILD TURNS 18?

If In Texas, generally, parents are only legally obligated to support a child until the age of 18 or until he or she stops going to high school. However, there are circumstances in which this is not always the case.

According to Texas law, if the child is disabled for an indefinite period, it is possible for support to continue.

Court Ordered Support for a Disabled Child:

The court can potentially order one or both parents to provide support for a child for an indefinite amount of time if the court finds:
• The child, regardless if he or she is institutionalized, requires substantial personal supervision and care due to a mental or physical disability and will be unable to self-support
• A disability exists, or the cause of a disability is known to exist, on or before the child’s 18th birthday

How Much Child Support Will a Court Order?

To determine the amount that is to be paid after the child’s 18th birthday, the court will consider some of the following:

• Any of the child’s existing or future needs that relate to his or her mental or physical disability and the substantial care and personal supervision that is required for it
• Whether the parent currently pays or plans on paying for the care or supervision of the adult child or will provide care or personal supervision
• The financial resources that are available from both parents
• Other financial resources that are available for the care, support, and supervision.

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