On Your Side. Always.

Does support end when a child turns 18?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Divorce |

Parents have a legal obligation to support their children financially. Many people think that these obligations end after the child turns 18. However, this is not always the case.

It is very important for parents who pay or receive child support to understand when these obligations can extend beyond the age of 18.

High school enrollment and support obligations

According to the Friend of the Court, parents must continue paying child support for their children who are still in high school, even after they reach the age of 18. This is because the completion of high school is a key milestone in a child’s education and development. Parents are expected to contribute to their child’s well-being until they graduate.

In Michigan, support may continue until the child reaches 19 1/2. In order to continue receiving support, the child must live with the recipient and attend high school as a full-time student.

Paying support for a high school student

Parents should also be aware that child support for high school students typically covers basic living expenses, educational costs and other necessary expenses related to the child’s upbringing. This financial support aims to ensure that the child has the resources they need to complete their high school education successfully and transition into adulthood. It is essential for parents to maintain open communication and cooperation when it comes to child support for high school students.

By prioritizing the child’s well-being and education, parents can help set a positive example and foster a supportive environment for their child during this critical period.