Age of Emancipation for Child Support

This is the age when a parent is no longer required by law to pay child support (unless otherwise stated in an existing child support order). Child support may extend beyond the age of emancipation for reasons associated with secondary school expenses and/or extra ordinary medial expenses/conditions.

State

Age of Termination of Support

Alabama

when child turns 18 or graduates from high school

Alaska

when child turns 18, or 19 if child is enrolled in high school or equivalent and is residing with custodial parent

Arizona

when child turns 18 or graduates from high school

Arkansas

when child turns 18 or graduates from high school

California

when child turns 18, or if child is in high school then 19 or graduation from high school, whichever is first

Colorado

when child turns 19

Connecticut

when child turns 18

Delaware

when child turns 18, or if child is in high school then 19 or graduation from high school, whichever is first

District of Columbia

when child turns 21

Florida

when child turns 18, or if child is in high school then 19 or graduation from high school, whichever is later

Georgia

when child turns 18, or if child is in high school then when child turns 20

Hawaii

when child turns 18, or court may extend to age 23 if child is enrolled in accredited higher education institution

Idaho

when child turns 18, or age 19 by court order if child is enrolled in formal education

Illinois

when child turns 18

Indiana

when child turns 19 (effective on July 1st 2012)

Iowa

when child turns 18

Kansas

when child turns 18 or when child graduates from high school, whichever is later

Kentucky

when child turns 18, or if child is in high school then when child turns 19

Louisiana

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19 or graduates, whichever is first

Maine

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19

Maryland

when child turns 18

Massachusetts

when child turns 18, or when child turns 21 if child is domiciled with parent, or when child turns 23 if child is enrolled in an educational program

Michigan

when child turns 18, or when child turns 19 to allow child to complete high school

Minnesota

when child turns 18, or when child turns 20 if child is attending high school

Missouri

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 21 or graduates from high school, whichever is first

Mississippi

when child turns 21

Montana

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19

Nebraska

when child turns 19

Nevada

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19

New Hampshire

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19 or graduates from high school, whichever is first

New Jersey

when child turns 18, or older if child attends college on a full time basis

New Mexico

when child turns 18

New York

when child turns 21

North Carolina

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 20 or graduates from high school, whichever is first

North Dakota

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19 or graduates from high school, whichever is first

Ohio

when child turns 18 or when child graduates from high school

Oklahoma

when child turns 18 or when child graduates from high school

Oregon

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school half-time or more, when child turns 21

Pennsylvania

when child turns 18 or completes high school

Rhode Island

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19, or 90 days past graduation, whichever is first

South Carolina

when child turns 18 or when child graduates from high school

South Dakota

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child graduates

Tennessee

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child graduates

Texas

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child graduates

Utah

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child graduates

Vermont

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child graduates

Virginia

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19 or graduates, whichever is first

Washington

when child turns 18

West Virginia

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 20 or graduates, whichever is first

Wisconsin

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 19 or graduates, whichever is first

Wyoming

when child turns 18, or, if child is in high school, when child turns 20 or graduates, whichever is first

2001 National Legal Research Group, Inc.


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