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My children are adults now. Do I still have to pay support?

Child support payments are required to be made at least until a child reaches the age of 18. However, even if your child is 18 or older there are some circumstances which may extend the period of time during which support must be paid.

Common scenarios in which support must be paid include where a child is enrolled in an education program full-time, has an illness or disability or in some extreme situations where an adult child is simply unable to support themselves.

It is not always totally clear when support must be paid for an adult child – for example when a child has completed their first university degree it can be variable whether a parent should be required to support them through taking a second degree. You should consult a lawyer if unsure of your rights.