How Long Do Child Support Payments Continue in Georgia?

When a couple divorces and there are children involved, the spouses and/ or the judge will make a decision regarding custody and child support. The non-custodial parent will pay support to the custodial parent who has the children living with them. The amount and the duration of the payment will vary case to case. If you have questions regarding your situation, consult with an Atlanta divorce attorney from our firm right away. In Georgia, the non-custodial parent will need to provide child support payments until the child turns 18, becomes emancipated, gets married or passes away. Oftentimes, the court can order child support payments from both parents to continue if their child is attending secondary school past the age of 18. This may allow the child to receive payments until they reach the age of 20, but the ruling expires at age 20. There are also exceptions if the child does not graduate high school at age 18. If the child is still in high school after age 18, the parent may need to continue payments until the child graduates.

Custodial parents often fight to extend the payments if they are in the midst of financial hardships or if the child has medical emergencies. The amount of time that you, as a non-custodial parent, will have to pay child support depends on your child and your unique situation. If you would like to discuss your case with a skilled lawyer, contact an Atlanta divorce lawyer from our firm. We have more than 20 years of experience helping clients throughout Atlanta and Alpharetta when it comes to family law and divorce matters. Call Stadler Law Group, LLC today to schedule your free initial consultation and see how we may be able to assist you!

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