With the 2010 changes to the Florida child support law, child support orders now provide that support terminates on the child’s 18th birthday. There are two exceptions:
- The child has been legally emancipated by court order
- The parents agree on a different termination date
This is a significant change because the new law deleted the extension of child support until the high school graduation so long as it was expected before the 19th birthday. This does not mean that you can agree to end child support BEFORE the child turns 18.
In any event, for children who will continue in high school past their 18th birthday, your Parenting Plan must be clear if you will extend support payments through graduation. There are simple ways to work around this change and continue to provide support through high school. We've taken care of that for you in the DIY Divorce Parenting Plan.
Stay tuned - there are even more changes to Florida child support coming on January 1, 2011. Subscribe to our RSS reader (over there on the side) to be notified of new posts on the DIY Divorce in Florida blog.