When Do Child Support Obligations End?

Many people assume that a parent's child support obligations end when the child turns 18. In Arizona, that may not be true.

At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, in Phoenix, our lawyers understand how important it can be to both parents to set child support payments correctly and to continue those payments for the required amount of time. Our in-depth understanding of Arizona child support laws allows us to give you accurate advice about your rights and obligations.

How Long Must Child Support Payments Continue?

In Arizona, a parent's obligation to provide child support ends:

  • When a child turns age 18, if he or she is not in high school
  • When a child graduates from high school or reaches age 19, whichever comes first

However, if a child has special needs, child support obligations can continue indefinitely. In this case, the parents may litigate whether child support payments should continue beyond age 19.

Does My Ex Have To Help Pay Our Child's College Expenses?

Parents in Arizona are not required to provide financial support to a child in college. However, parents can form an agreement to make provisions for college expenses. Since the family court will lose jurisdiction of your child when he or she turns 19, the agreement may be enforced in civil court.

Contact Our Child Support Attorneys

For more information about Arizona child support laws, turn to the attorneys of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC. To schedule an initial consultation, call 602-626-9552, 800-409-0262 or contact our office online.