Whether you need to make child support payments or you receive support, you need to understand the duration of these payments. There are various factors that can determine how much a parent needs to pay in child support, as well as how long they need to make payments.
For some parents, child support is an especially challenging facet of family law. Moreover, falling behind on child support carries disruptive consequences, from the loss of passport privileges to time behind bars.
Looking at the duration of child support payments
According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, parents must pay child support until their youngest child reaches the age of 18, the age of legal emancipation. That said, there are a number of situations in which parents have to pay child support after their child reaches 18.
Paying child support after a child reaches adulthood
In some instances, parents must continue to make child support payments after their child becomes an adult due to back support they still owe. Moreover, some parents arrange agreements that extend child support payments beyond a child reaching 18. Furthermore, some parents have to pay child support until a child reaches the age of 19 or graduates from high school due to a 2003 law.
If you need to make child support payments, make sure you stay on top of various factors related to your obligations. For example, if you need to modify a child support order due to changes in your income, approach the process carefully. Moreover, make sure you stay current on payments.