How Long Must Child Support Be Paid?

The duration of this responsibility depends upon state law. All states require both parents to be financially responsible for their child during the child`s minority, generally through the child`s high school years. A few states have extended the time for financial responsibility beyond the minority of the child. Child support can be terminated in the event of the death of the child, if the child goes on active duty in the armed forces, or if the child becomes emancipated or self ­supporting.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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