The Child Support Blues

When does it stop?

How long am I going to be stuck paying these child support payments? In Arizona, generally child support ends when the supported child turns 18, unless that child has yet to finish high school. In that instance child support will continue until that child either graduates or turns 19. In certain circumstances such as a child having a disability, mental or physical, if it was preexisting before they turned 18, child support payments may continue later into that child’s life.

Child Support payments can be burdensome, depending on your situation, relief could be available. Recently Arizona adopted new child support guidelines which could, in your case—lower your monthly obligation. Any modification will be subject to these new guidelines.

Laws regarding child support vary from state to state, and every situation is unique. You should consult with an attorney who can inform you of your options and obligations regarding your child support situation.