Support orders allow children and divorcees to maintain the same standard
of living that they enjoyed prior to a divorce. They also allow unwed
parents to provide for their children despite their marital status. However,
there may come a point when continuing support payments becomes difficult
or unnecessary. When does a support order end? How long are you bound
to a decree that was set before the inevitable evolvement of life?
At the Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo, we can help you understand the when
child support or alimony payments may end, as well as how you can modify
them to fit your changing lifestyle. Life is fluid, and the law can be
too with the right attorney in your corner.
Child Support Terms
Parents are legally obligated to support and provide for their children
to the best of their ability, however, this is not permanent. This is
both because a parent’s financial status may change over time and
because children eventually grow up and become independent. Typically,
child support orders end when the youngest child turns 18.
Exceptions to typical child support terms include:
- If a child legally emancipates before the age of 18, the support order
- The duty to pay extends if a child is an 18-year-old full-time high school
student until that child turns 19 or graduates, whichever comes first
- If a child of any age is unable to earn a living and incapacitated, both
parents are obligated to provide support as they are able.
- If parents should agree to it, a child support order could extend beyond
the legal requirements
While you are legally responsible for payments until the child is 18, the
amount you are required to pay can be modified. Life brings change, and
it is important to ensure that your support order reflects your financial
status as it evolves. Child support modifications can be requested due
to certain medical emergencies or disability conditions, employment changes,
cost of living increases, or changes to recipient parent’s household income.
Further questions about child support?
When does alimony end?
Alimony terms differ from child support in that divorcees are not necessarily
permanently legally obligated to support each other. While most support
orders are legally termed as “permanent,” their implications
are meant to be long-term following a
divorce, but not always permanent, and there are certain factors that determine
their time frame.
The length of time an alimony lasts depends on the following:
- The length of the marriage; marriages under ten years will result in alimony
agreements lasting no more than half of the time the marriage lasted
- The recipient’s current eligibility for employment and the length
of time required for the education or training necessary to gain more
- If and when the recipient spouse remarries and gains additional household income
- If a spouse is elderly or has health problems, the support may be ordered
alimony page for more information.
Need help with modifications?
If you need to change the length or amount of your ordered support payments,
our Tampa divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo can help.
Our team of legal professionals has the efficiency that you need to ensure
that you remain legally compliant while your life and finances evolve.
We’ll guide you through the
modification process smoothly and quickly. Get started with a free case evaluation;
schedule yours today!