It is a common question that occurs in Family Courts all across the county. When does the obligation to pay child support end. In the new Georgia Supreme Court Family Law case the court reviewed that issue. The parties entered into a divorce settlement agreement determining the terms of the child support obligation of the Father. It stated that he would continue to pay the child support of the minor child while she was in high school. This type of language agreeming to terms of Child support is an acceptable form of settlement for Divorce proceedings. It is not void unless it violates public policy such as terminating someones obligation to pay child support.
In this Georgia case there would be certain conditions to be met in order that father continue to pay child support for his child. Normally child support ends upon the child either graduating high school and if they continue to be in high school upon turning 19. If they graduated high school and have not turned 18 then the child support obligation will terminate when child turns 18. However, in this Georgia case the wife argued that the husband was in contempt because the adult daughter was still in high school
The duty of support imposed by Section 3901 explains the law in California which the Courts use to determine the termination of the obligation to pay child support. The law states it will terminate to an unmarried child who has attained the age of 18 years, is a full-time high school student, and who is not self-supporting, until the time the child completes the 12th grade or attains the age of 19 years, whichever occurs first.