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How long do I need to pay child support?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2022 | Family Law

If you are going through a divorce and you and your spouse have a child together, you have a responsibility to financially support your child. If you are not living with your child and not paying child support (no matter what the reason is), the outcome will not be good for anyone.

You may have legitimate reasons for not paying child support. If so, you will need to request a modification to your child support order. If you are not paying child support and you don’t have a solid reason for not doing so, you may be found in contempt of court, which is a very serious offense and may involve your being ordered to spend time in jail. The state can also find other ways to penalize you, such as garnishing your wages or putting a lien on your property.

Child support duration

In many states across the country, child support must be paid until the child is no longer a minor (until they turn 18 years old). However, if an individual or couple decide on the child support agreement and that support continues to an age when the child is older than 18 years, the supporting parent will be responsible to pay child support until that age.

The fact is that no matter what you and your ex-spouse have between you, your child deserves to be supported financially and emotionally (and every other way that is needed). The financial support is necessary for a long time; the child deserves to have a life that is just as comfortable and full of opportunities and comfort as it ever was.

Solid family law advice

A child has every right to receive financial support for the parent or parents and it is the responsibility of the parent or parents who have been ordered to provide that support. Child support nor only covers food, clothing, and shelter but it also covers health care expenses, education, and other opportunities that will give the child or children a life that is rich with other advantages.

When it comes to the issue of child support, a knowledgeable Florida family law attorney may prove to be invaluable to your case. The best interest of the child must always be at the top of the priority list and the attorney can help you to ensure that your child will always come first. You must protect your rights and the rights of your child at all times. The right legal advice can help to ensure that it will always be the case.