In most cases, child support ends when a child becomes a legal adult and reaches the “age of emancipation”—typically age 18. However, when a child requires support for a college education, child support mandates change.
In a typical divorce involving children without joint custody, there will be one parent who pays child support. Normally, that parent would be the one who the child does not live with full time. The most common belief is that after the child turns 18, the child support ends.
Child support for a struggling parent can be crucial to caring for their child, so when child support payments wane or stop altogether, this can be detrimental to the livelihood of the child (or children).
If you feel that the child support payments that you have been making are unreasonably high, then you can file for a modification in an attempt to lower the order.
If you pay child support in Massachusetts, you have probably been hearing a lot about the new child support guidelines that took effect on August 1, 2013.
It can be one of the toughest parental obligations to break it to your kids that their parents will no longer be living together.