The Age When Child Support Ends in Arizona

Affect of Reaching 18 Years of Age on Child Support in Arizona

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As a general rule, child support ends when a child reaches the age of 18, unless the child is still in high school. If the child is still in high school when he or she turns 18, the child support will continue until the earlier of when the child graduates from high school or turns 19 years of age.

End Date for Child Support for a Single Child Versus Multiple Children

One of the most common concerns after a divorce is when child support ends in Arizona. Stated differently, what is the Arizona age limit for child support in Arizona.

Some people are worried about life changes that have made child support payments an impossibility to maintain as designated in the original divorce decree.

In other cases, parents may not have discussed when child support payments will stop.

As you may know, parents are required by law to financially support their children.

But it is important to know your rights regarding when your Arizona child support obligation is fulfilled.

For parents of multiple children, there will be multiple dates on which the child support obligation will decrease and eventually (when the last child becomes of age) expire completely.

But just as important as knowing your rights is remembering that you must follow the procedure as required by the Arizona Child Support Guidelines to protect your rights as a parent and terminate the child support obligation at the right time and in the right manner.

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In Arizona, a parent’s obligation to pay child support terminates or “expires” on the last day of the month in which the child turns 18 years old unless the child is still in high school.

If the child is still in high school when they turn 18, the parent’s obligation to pay child support continues until the child graduates from high school or turns 19 years old.

Exceptions to these guidelines can be made for special needs children who are unable to support themselves due to a disability and who, therefore, need additional time in the home with the financial support of their parents.

If you have a child support order or an Order of Assignment that was entered after January 1st, 2005, it most likely contains the date on which the child support order automatically terminates or expires.

But even if the date is listed, it is still the parent’s responsibility to make sure the child support order and Wage Assignment are stopped. That is done by filing a Motion to Terminate Wage Assignment in the months leading up to the date you believe child support should end.

Unpaid child support or child support in arrears are still due even if the child has reached an age of majority and/or the child support order has been terminated.

Parents paying support for multiple children will need to file a Petition to modify child support when each child reaches the age of 18 and graduates high school. It is important to understand child support does not decrease in proportion to the number of children being supported. For example, if you have three minor children for whom $900.00 is paid in monthly support, child support does not decrease to one third because one third of the children has emancipated.

It is also important to know the court will not automatically lower your child support because one of the children emancipates. A parent must file a motion to modify child support when child support ends for one child but continues for other unemancipated children.

If you have questions about ending child support, you should contact the attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC. Our Arizona child support and family law attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience successfully representing clients in child support and family law cases.

Our family law firm has earned numerous awards such as US News and World Reports Best Arizona Family Law Firm, US News and World Report Best Divorce Attorneys, “Best of the Valley” by Arizona Foothills readers, and “Best Arizona Divorce Law Firms” by North Scottsdale Magazine.

Call us today at (480)305-8300 or reach out to us through our appointment scheduling form to schedule your personalized consultation and turn your Arizona child support case around today.

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Chris Hildebrand wrote the information on this page about when child support ends in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about family law in Arizona.

Chris is a divorce and family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award.

Chris believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and, quite frankly, actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce or family law case.

In short, his practice is defined by the success of his clients. He also manages all of the other attorneys at his firm to make sure the outcomes in their clients’ cases are successful as well.

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