American Child Support
If you are an American new to the world of being divorced, you may also be questioning when do you stop paying child maintenance which is better known as child support in the states. In America, it is a lot less cut and dry as rules and regulations differ on a state by state basis.
California is an example of a state where child support is required to be paid by a non-custodial parent until a child is 18. The exception is if your 18 year old is still in high school, then you would have to continue paying until the child is 19.
New Jersey falls on a much different end of the spectrum and has no official cut off date because the state does not believe that all 18 year olds fall into the same category. If you are the non-custodial parent, you may file to stop paying when your child turns 18. If your child is not enrolled in college, you will likely win as your child should be able to get a full-time job. However, if your child is taking a full load of fifteen college credits per semester, the judge may tell you that your child is not ready to be independent and to refile to stop payment when your child turns 21.
Some states, such as Texas, keep things simple. When a child turns 18 or graduates from high school, the child support simply ends. If you are a non-custodial parent living in a state like Texas, you are still welcome to give your child private checks for living expenses if you would like your child to focus on college, you are simply no longer required to have your wages garnished and given to your ex-spouse.