Sunday, December 09, 2007

At what age does child support end?

Generally, in Pennsylvania,* a duty to pay child support ends when the child reaches age 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later.

However, if the court finds that the child has a mental or physical disability that prevents them from providing for their own support, a parent may be ordered to pay child support beyond the traditional age of emancipation. Read a Superior Court case here, wherein a father was ordered to continue paying support for his nineteen year old daughter, diagnosed with epilepsy.

*In New Jersey, the rules are different and a child is not automatically considered emancipated at age 18 or high school graduation. If a child continues higher educaiton, generally, the duty of support will continue.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I live in Pennsylvania. My child turned 18 in May 2007, he was held back in school in 6th grade so he will not graduate until June 2008. I filed for an extension because of this several months prior to his 18th birthday. The court approved it, however I am now being sued by his father to modify the support order due to emancipation? How does he have the right to do this?