When a Texas couple decides to split, they often have to figure out arrangements for their children. One of the more important matters a couple needs to work out is child support. Once child support is determined for the noncustodial parent they may wonder when their obligations will end.
According to Texas law, child support obligations end when a child turns 18 or when they graduate from high school, whichever one comes later. But there are several situations where there are exceptions to this law.
- If the child has a mental or physical disability. If the child has a mental or physical disability that requires constant care, child support may continue indefinitely. The court will consider the child’s current and future medical needs, the amount of care each parent will provide, the financial resources of the parents, and any program the child may qualify for.
- If the child becomes emancipated. If the child becomes legally emancipated before turning 18, child support obligations will end. This can include the child joining the military, petitioning the court, or getting married.
- If the child dies or if the parent paying child support suffers a severe medical crisis.
If a parent has child support questions or is interested in modifying their child support agreement they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in child support. If a person has found themselves not able to meet their child support obligations due to job loss, an illness, accident or other unexpected circumstance, the child support order may be able to be modified. An attorney can facilitate negotiations between the parents and help them reach a mutual agreement.