How Long Do You Have To Pay Child Support?

Atlanta Child Support Attorney

Divorcing couples with children will face many obstacles before the finalization of their divorce. A court will determine who has custody, the amount of child support that must be paid and for how long. According to Georgia law, a noncustodial parent who has been ordered to pay child support must do so until the child reaches 18, marries, becomes emancipated from the parents or passes away.

The court also has discretion to order that one or both parents pay child support to a child who is not married or emancipated, but is 8, if he or she is enrolled in secondary school; however, once the child reaches 20, this ruling will no longer apply. Under the court's ruling, a parent whose child turns 18 while still in high school may be required to pay child support until the child graduates. Parents can also fight to extend child support services to noncustodial parents in times of great economic hardship or medical emergencies.

Do I Need An Atlanta Divorce Lawyer?

If you have concerns regarding your child support or custody obligations or court-mandated payments, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. An Atlanta family lawyer from Stadler Law Group can help you determine if the payments you are required to make are fair and help you extend or modify your support orders. With our 20-plus years of experience assisting Atlanta and Alpharetta area families, you can rest assured that when you work with our legal team, you will be working with a dedicated and aggressive attorney who always has your best interests in mind. Do not hesitate to contact an Atlanta divorce lawyer regarding your particular child support questions and situations.