Does child support end when daughter ...

Does child support end when daughter turns 18?

There are 9 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 21, 2009, titled Does child support end when daughter turns 18?. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Q I have been paying child support for my daughter since she was a baby. I have never been behind on my payments, which I make through Florida's state disbursement unit.

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celia mcculty

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 23, 2009
Dear D.T., you are doing the same thing my daughter's father did to her and your daughter will feel the same about you she felt about him. When we got the letter from the court she said, exact words, "I feel like I am a bill he was just waiting to pay off". She was halfway through her senior year and had to take a job at McDonald's to help pay for all her senior needs. Men like you and my daughter's father make me sick. Is this the way you want her to remember you???
Chris

Longwood, FL

#2 Feb 23, 2009
Celia, you're either full of cr@p or you've got a poor lawyer. Child support continues til the age of 18 AND when the child graduates high school.
Politically Incorrect

Hancock, MD

#3 Feb 23, 2009
Child support STOPs when the child is finished w/public school, unless there were times the pmts weren't sent, due to whatever. After the arrearages are met, it's legally finished.

Celia, IF your daughter truely feels that way toward her father, then I suspect you've had a hand in that...he left you behind, and later began a second family, perhaps...and you just couldn't find a way to go on? That isn't your daughters baggage to carry...or your ex's. It's yours...sorry.
celia mcculty

Denver, CO

#4 Feb 25, 2009
Chris wrote:
Celia, you're either full of cr@p or you've got a poor lawyer. Child support continues til the age of 18 AND when the child graduates high school.
Excuse me I'm not full of crap and that is what the Judge executed, at the age of 18 the father no longer had to pay support. Maybe you don't know everything about everybody and every case.
celia mcculty

Denver, CO

#5 Feb 25, 2009
Politically Incorrect wrote:
Child support STOPs when the child is finished w/public school, unless there were times the pmts weren't sent, due to whatever. After the arrearages are met, it's legally finished.
Celia, IF your daughter truely feels that way toward her father, then I suspect you've had a hand in that...he left you behind, and later began a second family, perhaps...and you just couldn't find a way to go on? That isn't your daughters baggage to carry...or your ex's. It's yours...sorry.
He didn't leave me I left him and I never bad mouthed him to her, he did find another woman, that is the reason I left, but #1, that is none of your business and #2, he's dead so it doesn't matter. I was merely asking the man to be careful of what he did to his daughter, so she wouldn't hate him later. They do get old enough to figure things out for themselves you know. FYI I went on just fine!!!
Politically Incorrect

Hancock, MD

#6 Feb 25, 2009
If he found a woman, then you might say he left you, first, but I just said that, because you asked for opinions, and when you didn't get the answers you wanted, you jump on the people you asked.

She was 1/2 way thru her senior yr, and the support stopped? Sorry, but I never heard of that happening.

My kids all worked from the time they were 16, and they're paying their own way thru college, as we speak...so I ain't sheddin' tears about your daughter.

Did your daughter and her father have a relationship after your split? I hope she wasn't encouraged to choose where her loyaltie's laid. Kids need both parents.
Lazar Bel

Polk City, FL

#7 Mar 7, 2009
celia mcculty wrote:
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Excuse me I'm not full of crap and that is what the Judge executed, at the age of 18 the father no longer had to pay support. Maybe you don't know everything about everybody and every case.
In the state of Florida, a parent paying child support continues to pay - even beyond eighteen years old - until the child in no longer registered in public school. Perhaps not the same in Colorado.
dee

Lincoln, RI

#8 Mar 7, 2009
i think every state is different if the child is still in school yes you still get child support. i think the courts have to put in writting.
Right Wing Nut

Seattle, WA

#9 Oct 28, 2010
Well, I'll start with the worst news. In some states your parental responsibility can go until 24 if there's some kind of learning disability or other problem.

If the kid is perfectly normal it can go until 21. Usually when the kid gets out of high school and goes to college/trade school/military or gets the first semi-real job some of that eases up.

You could probably get out of the "system" and go to some kind of direct support at 18. Support such as covering school books, tuition, gas, etc. Something to establish that you aren't some kind of deadbeat. Even then figure on going for two years of college.

Maybe that means you're on the hook for a bit longer than you would like, but it's some extra freedom when you consider you won't go to jail if you're late on a payment.

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