ANSWERS: 11
  • Well even though hes not in public school, hes living. Child support is not only for school, the child needs food, clothing and shelter. Since two people made it, two people must contribute.
  • I am not familiar with any child support agreement that exempts the support paying parent if the child doesn't go to public school. You should pay according to the court order. That's the only authority you need to follow. Edit: The support I am familiar with specify the age of the child as the end of the payments, such as he will pay through age 18, not through high school graduation.
  • I dont understand the answers. I have no problem paying support. but because she pulled him out of public school for 3 years and now put him back in he will be over 20 when he graduates high school. I think paying child support for a 20 plus yr old kid is a little un called for.
  • ...uhh...you don't think you should have to help SUPPORT YOUR CHILD because he didn't go to public school? Do you really need to ask this? Of course you should. Not going to public school doesn't mean the kid ceases to exist or need food and clothes and anything else. Come on.
  • Yes, your and your husband have to pay his child support, unless there is a provision in his divorce decree that states you are paying for a private school, then you would have to get the decree modified, through court. Read the divorce papers, the answer is in there.
  • I must be really tired...why are you paying child support for a stepson? Children need more than school to live. Any support that is paid for them is supposed to insure food, housing, clothing, medical care, etc. Your taxes pay for schooling and you can't opt out of that either.
  • Wow most of you guys are pretty crude. This is my 1st experience & last on this site. I am not stupid. I am the 2nd wife it is my husbands son as some others were able to figure out. Anyway I have no problem paying the support untill 18 or so. I just thought that 20-21 is an adult & shouldnt require support. I also feel that the mom did this on purpose to extend receiving the payments.
    • dorat
      Perhaps, had you written more clearly, you would not now be sniffing with flared nostrils disdain for the respondents. The way you wrote, it looked like you were complaining about child support while he is a minor because he will be eligible for such support after age 18. My sense is that you have this wrong. Under normal circumstances, child support should stop at age 18, regardless of his educational status. Unless there is something unusual here, he should not get child support after age 18. That said, his father may wish to continue to support his son for a time. This, however, would be an act of love for his child, not law. Just because he turns 18 does not mean his father will stop loving him and be suddenly unwilling to help him out. Under such circumstances, however, the money need not go through the court or to the boy's mother, but may go directly to your husband's son. All better?
  • are you INSANE??? of course
  • 99% of the time, child support is mandated only until the child reaches the age of majority---18 years of age.
  • Sherry - Perhaps, had you written more clearly, you would not now be sniffing with flared nostrils disdain for the respondents. The way you wrote, it looked like you were complaining about child support while he is a minor because he will be eligible for such support after age 18. My sense is that you have this wrong. Under normal circumstances, child support should stop at age 18, regardless of his educational status. Unless there is something unusual here, he should not get child support after age 18. That said, his father may wish to continue to support his son for a time. This, however, would be an act of love for his child, not law. Just because he turns 18 does not mean his father will stop loving him and be suddenly unwilling to help him out. Under such circumstances, however, the money need not go through the court or to the boy's mother, but may go directly to your husband's son. All better?
  • I am trying to understand. For some reason the state seemed to think he should receive child support until he finishes high school even though he is over 18. But why did they make you responsible for it after you divorced his father?

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