Is there an age limit for child support?

By |2022-04-06T14:57:16+00:0027 Jun 2018|Categories: Child Support|


Having to pay child support is a situation that millions of people find themselves in each year. For most of them, the requirement to make these payments eventually ends for various reasons. Usually, the reason the child support obligation ends is that the child for whom the payments are being made reaches the age-out limit. Children can reach a certain age in California where they are no longer eligible to receive support payments.

You’ve likely heard of the term “age of majority” mentioned at some point during your time in the family courts. This term is important to understand because it is the age at which a person is deemed to be an adult under the law. It means the person is allowed to make legal decisions about themselves and other issues in life. The age of majority varies from state to state based on the law.

In California, the age of majority is 18. However, if the person is unmarried and still in high school full-time, the age of majority is either the time he or she completes the 12th grade or when he or she turns 19 — whichever milestone comes first. The person in question must also not be self-supporting at this time in order to still be viewed as a minor in the eyes of the state and the courts.

So, if you are paying child support in California or you are receiving it because you have a minor child, you will likely see those payments come to a halt once the child reaches either of these milestones.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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