When Can I Stop Paying Child Support in Illinois?

To learn the age that child support typically ends in Illinois, continue reading. If you are wondering when you can stop paying child support, reach out to our skilled Illinois family law attorney to discover how we can assist you with your family law matters. Do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced firm to schedule your initial consultation with our team. We are here to help.

At what age does child support end in Illinois?

During the child support order process, the parents will determine the age when child support is terminated. Typically, child support will be terminated at the age of 18. The state government of Illinois considers 18 to be the age when a child is legally considered an adult. However, there are some circumstances that may prompt child support payments to continue or change after the child turns 18.

The following circumstances may cause child support to continue after the child reaches the age of 18:

  • A parent may be required to pay child support through high school graduation or until they reach 19 if the child is still in high school at the age of 18.
  • A parent may be requested to help with college expenses if the child enters college or a trade school. This may include tuition, board, and other education-related expenses.
  • The parents must take the case to court to argue the end date if the child support agreement does not determine that 18 is the support ending age.

Prior to a child’s 18th birthday, child support can end if the child emancipates themselves. Minors who are between the ages of 16 and 19 can be legally emancipated if they are mature and meet the following requirements:

  • The minor must prove that they can manage your own affairs.
  • The minor must prove that they have lived completely or partially independently from their parents.

When a child legally emancipates themselves, the parents will no longer be legally responsible for providing for the child. Child support will then be terminated.

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