There are three ways child support can go beyond age 18. The most common is where the child is still a full-time high school student and has not yet reached age 19. In this situation child support ends with high-school graduation or age 19.
Although it is rare, the Family Code provides for the support of adult children who are disabled from earning a living and without sufficient means. When this issue is disputed, expert testimony may be required in the form of a medical or psychological opinion, or a vocational counselor opinion, or both.
Finally, there are those cases where the parents agreed to a Judgment which extends child support, for example, until college graduation provided the child is a full-time student and has not yet reached age 25, or some other variation of this type of plan.
It should also be mentioned that if the child graduates from high school at age 17 or before, the support obligation still continues until age 18.
Child Support questions go beyond the age limits defined in this blog. For more information, call or e-mail the Law Offices of Richard E. Bawden, State Certified Family Law Specialist. The Law Office of Richard E. Bawden serves the Inland Empire including Riverside, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Redlands, Loma Linda, Mentone, Yucaipa, Beaumont, Banning and Hemet.