Does Child Support in Florida end at 18?

A parent will generally have no obligation to support his/her child after the child reaches 18 yrs. of age, unless the parties previously agree that the support will end at a later date. A court can order support for a child beyond 18 years of age if the child is still dependent due to a physical or mental disability existing before the child turned 18. A court may also order continued support if the child is still in high school and has a reasonable chance of graduation before age 19. The court will look to the facts of each case in deciding whether or not a child is self supportive. If they conclude that the child is so, the parent’s duty to provide support will end.

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