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When does child support stop?

Is it 18? By law it.And it does not say in the decree it pretty much left it open like until the court decides, what does that mean .
What if they decide to go to some big time college I heard you continue to pay until they are done.
I tried looking it up here in TX but don't feel like I am getting the info I need. Does anyone know or have gone through this.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:12 PM on Jun. 7, 2010 in Adult Children (18+)

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    "Parents do not owe their children a college education or an inheritance. If parents can afford to send their children to college, fine; but parents must not become guilt-ridden if or when they cannot afford to send their kids to college. If children want or plan to attend college and their parents are not financially able to afford the expense, kids that really want to go to college can do so with scholarships, federal grant programs, student loans, etc. Parents who fall victim to the “give-me game” may find themselves guilted into bankruptcy if not careful."


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:20 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • If it wasn't stated in the decree, then it's until 18 or out of school.

    Each spouse has the duty to support the other spouse. Each parent has the duty to support his or her child during the period that the child is a minor, and thereafter as long as the child is fully enrolled in an accredited secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma until the end of the school year in which the child graduates From:


    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:22 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • 18, or out of highschool if that is later than the 18th birthday.

    Answer by StifflersMom82 at 10:24 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • Yep, in California, it's until they're 18 or graduated from high school, unless it was put into the decree that support had to be paid through college. Parents aren't forced to pay for college at all. Once a child is 18 parents can agree to help them or not. Most parents want to help as much as possible, but not all can or do even if they aren't divorced.

    Answer by ohwrite at 10:29 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • Until the child is 18 or graduates from high school. Hubby's divorce decree specifically states age 18.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:38 AM on Jun. 8, 2010

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